Congratulations to the Cablik team – we attended the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association awards banquet on Saturday night, and we won 2 OBIE awards!
Best Green Home: The Barksdale Residence
This new modern home in Atlanta achieved a plethora of green building certifications. It is the first LEED-Silver home in the City of Atlanta, and also achieved Energy Star certification as well as Earthcraft certification. The home is an excellent example of smart use of limited natural resources including energy and water.
Just a few of the home’s sustainable features include low-e windows, appropriately-sized HVAC systems, Icynene insulation, tankless hot water heaters, very high-efficiency bath fixtures, ventilation controls per room, local, non-invasive landscaping, sustainable and renewable materials, and recycled construction waste.
The home went above and beyond typical “green” construction, by adding truly sustainable features including an underground cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation, plus an electric plug for a future electric car. The home’s intown Atlanta location is very close to many employment,retail, and recreation opportunities, thus decreasing the need for automobile use.
Consistent with the LEED program, the homeowners were provided with a comprehensive owners manual, full of all product manuals and other information related to the sustainable features of their home. This durable resource can be referenced and passed on to the next homeowners upon the home’s sale.
Best Green Renovation: The St. Louis Residence
This renovation began as a 1-story 1920′s home, and ended as a two-story Earthcraft-renovated home with a finished attic that is used as a new master suite. The home originally featured single-pane windows and insufficient loose fill insulation in the attic floor. The home’s heating and cooling systems were insufficient to meet the demand created by the house. Large amounts of air leakage were identified from various places in the home.
Cablik performed an Earthcraft renovation which addressed these issues, with strategies including reinsulating HVAC ducts, insulating water pipes, performing proper air sealing, using low-VOC paints, stains, and finishes, and recycling construction waste.
This home is an excellent example of how a homeowner can adapt their current home to better fit their needs, while also incorporating sustainability practices into the buildout. Sustainability can be achieved even if the original home may not have been built to meet a sustainability program’s criteria. As a result of the sustainable renovation, the homeowners will save significantly on their HVAC bills, and they will have a healthier lifestyle.