The ultimate in healthy living.
Our most recent project, Highland Street, was a total reimagination of a classic late 19th century Victorian farmhouse. Retaining the well-proportioned and attractive main 1897 house, we removed a 1960s-era wing and replaced it with larger and more appropriate living spaces in the New England farmhouse vernacular. A new three-car garage with living space above took the place of the detached vintage garage/barn. We lifted the house and installed a new foundation and finished basement to provide additional living space and improve the home’s efficiency.
Position yourself at the leading edge of sustainable design.
The house was modernized using best-practice building science principles to include a super-insulated and air-tight exterior envelope, high-efficiency heating, air-conditioning, and hot water systems, a mechanical ventilation system, low-consumption water fixtures, and high-performance windows and doors. Careful landscape design with natural and adapted plants reduces irrigation demand and maintenance. Interior materials and finishes were specially selected from low-VOC, low-formaldehyde products to ensure healthy indoor air quality. A 14.72 kW solar PV array and extensive smart house package put this home at the cutting edge of residential technology.
Designed with today’s family in mind.
This project has been certified LEED Platinum®by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. A home can achieve LEED certification under the LEED for Homes program after undergoing a technically rigorous process, including the incorporation of green strategies to achieve efficiency and healthy indoor environments. The sound design and operation of the home is tested and measured using tools like a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections.
Optimized for living.
In addition, this project has met the strict standards of the EPA ENERGY STAR® Program, the EPA Indoor airPLUS Program, and the DOE Zero Energy Ready HomeProgram, and has been certified in each program.
LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification offers a holistic approach to sustainability and emphasizes strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED buildings are constructed using designs and processes aimed at saving energy, water and money, and providing healthier and more comfortable indoor environments for the people who use them.
A new home or apartment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has been verified to meet strict energy efficiency requirements set by EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort. Highland Street is an ENERGY STAR certified home.
Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. Clean air is good for everyone’s health, but it can be especially important to those that have chronic respiratory conditions. Highland Street has been qualified to meet Indoor airPLUS.
A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a home that meets all of the criteria found in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built. Highland Street has achieved DOE ZERH certification.
Meet the professionals who brought this high-performance historic home to life:
Steve brings a variety of experiences to his role as founder of Green Phoenix Development. Wondering why so many older home renovations failed to take advantage of advances in building science to produce durable, healthy, and efficient homes, Steve decided to apply his diverse background in engineering, finance, and building science to this question. After earning two degrees from MIT, and eight years’ service as a naval officer, Steve earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and completed a 20-year career as an analyst and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments. After retiring from Fidelity, Steve returned to school, completing a graduate program in Sustainable Residential Design at the Boston Architectural College, and earning his LEED AP accreditation with a specialty in homes.
Treff LaFleche, AIA, LEED AP, founded LDa Architecture & Interiors in 1992, with partner Douglas Dick, AIA, LEED BD+C. Interested in what it means to “dwell meaningfully” regardless of one’s station in life, he has spent his career focusing on providing client focused and context sensitive design, and has embraced residential projects from single room renovations to large, estate-scaled residences and affordable housing. He has achieved local and national recognition for his expertise in merging the historic and contemporary aspects of New England architecture and has designed complex, iconic projects for cultural and academic clients. Socially conscious design and environmental sustainability has been another area of focus for Treff, as both a practicing professional and a homeowner, having designed his own LEED certified gut renovation in Newton – one of the first in the area. Active in his community, Treff is a member of the Board of Historic Newton, Chair of the Historic Newton Capital Campaign Steering Committee, and a member of the City of Newton Board of Zoning Appeals.
Walter Beebe-Center is the owner of Essex Restoration. Upon graduating from Columbia College with a B.A. in economics, Walter worked on various building and remodeling projects in eastern Massachusetts. Like many of Essex’s employees, he attended North Bennet Street School’s two-year full-time preservation carpentry program. In 1995, Walter founded Essex Restoration and began operating as a three man company. Since then, Essex Restoration has grown to seventeen employees building and remodeling for hundreds of clients. Essex Restoration has won several awards, including the 2016 PRISM Gold winner for best remodel/restoration from The Builders And Remodeler’s Association of Greater Boston, the 2016 Contractor of the Year Gold Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the 2011 Preservation Award from the Brookline Preservation Commission for work on the Devotion House. Walter’s affiliations include the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (N.A.R.I.), the Builder’s and Remodeler’s Association of Greater Boston (B.R.A.G.B.), Historic New England, and the Preservation Trades’ Network.
Craig Foley is the founder of Sustainable Real Estate Consulting Services, a LEED Green Associate and chief sustainability officer for LAER Realty Partners. Craig’s combination of real estate and energy management skills give him a unique perspective about sustainable energy solutions and subject matter expertise on greening the MLS and high-performance home valuation and marketing. As a real estate broker, he has sold several high-performance projects in and around Greater Boston. He is the team leader of REthink39 Group. REthink39 is devoted to lowering the 39% of U.S. energy consumption attributed to the built environment and believes they can be part of a solution with every transaction closed.
As a real estate consultant, he has partnered with a broad range of companies including Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Elevate Energy, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Craig was one of five people in the U.S. to receive the EverGreen Award by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in 2013. He also serves as an advisory board member for the NAR Green Resource Council and is a certified instructor of the NAR Green Designation. His committee work at NAR includes chairing the Sustainability Advisory Group in 2019. He also serves on the Energy Advisory Council for Fannie Mae.