Our newest home has officially received Gold level National Green Building Certification from the NAHB Research Center. This custom home was completed in July 2010 and is one of only a few homes in the state to achieve the designation.
All of our homes have been green, but we’ve never sought the certification from the NAHB before. We are really pleased to achieve the gold level on our first application for certification.
The ENERGY STAR home in North Stonington, like all of New Ground LLC’s homes is built on a foundation of insulated concrete forms. The forms snap together much like legos® and the concrete is poured inside. The home was then framed using advanced framing techniques to minimize construction waste and also build a structure that is both strong and free of gaps where air can escape.
The 2,600 square foot home was designed with resource efficiency in mind using dimensions that reduce the need for cutting standard size construction materials and simply making the most of space and materials.
The custom home was also designed with the desires of the client in mind and Jason worked closely with the customer to create a home that is not only green but also very comfortable. The 3-bedroom cape style home features an open floor plan with a beautiful spacious kitchen, a living room with cathedral ceiling, and a Jacuzzi in the master bath.
The home is insulated with non-toxic high efficiency spray foam insulation and gets its heat, hot water, and cool air from an onsite horizontal loop ground source heat pump. ENERGY STAR approved windows and solar tempering further increase the home’s energy efficiency. The home’s HERS score is 44, meaning it is 56% more efficient than a standard home.
Of course, the home has only energy star appliances including water saving models as well as CFL lighting and zero VOC paint on all interior walls.
New Ground LLC’s 2600 square-foot, Cape style home in North Stonington, CT
meets the definition of green building: incorporating environmental considerations into all aspects
of its design and construction.
“Builders who have their homes Green Certified through the NAHB Research Center’s National
Green Building Certification Program are not just saying they build green homes,” said Michael
Luzier, NAHB Reserch Center president. “They’re proving it! The Research Center requires
third-party verification of every green point claimed by a builder, so seeing our Green Certified
certification mark on a home ensures the homebuyer that the builder’s green claims are true.”