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723 Spring Street is Ann Arbor's First LEED Platinum Home.

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Living in a green home series

  1. 1. 723 Spring Street Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home“Living in a Green Home” Series
  2. 2. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” Series This home became the City of Ann Arbors first LEED Platinum house. This home was designed to weave into the surrounding neighborhood in style and function, while showcasing many different types of green building methods that make this home ultra-efficient. In addition to ICF Construction and Geo- thermal Heating, the home also has an 8.6kW solar array and is near net-zero. Advanced building techniques abound in this house, which also features Meadowlark Builders outstanding design and cabinetry. Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 2
  3. 3. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” Series Green Features Home Design Features • Photo-Voltaic Solar Panels • 4,000 Finished Square Feet • Geothermal Heating & Cooling • 5 Bedrooms • Energy Recovery Ventilator • 4.5 Baths • ICF Walls - Insulated Concrete Forms • 2 Car Garage • SIP Roof - Structural Insulated Panels • Custom Kitchen • Recirculating Hot Water System • Energy Star Appliances • Low Flow Water Fixtures • Low VOC carpets and finishes • Solar Powered Window Blinds • Hardwood Floors • Fireplace • Built-in Media Center • Custom Built-in Cabinets • Finished Attic • Partially Finished Basement Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 3
  4. 4. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” Series1. Learning the Benefits and Changing Habits2. Builder and Designer Comments3. Day-lighting Design and Health Benefits4. Water Conservation5. Geothermal Explanation6. Homeowner Wrap-up Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 4
  5. 5. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” SeriesLearning the benefits and changing habits This video is a description of the benefits of living in a green home by the homeowners of 723 Spring Street, Scott & Linda Phillips. They discuss the positive life-style changes as well as the advantages of "living local" near down-town Ann Arbor. Scott and Linda talk about needing fewer cars, water conservation, indoor air quality and their aspiration to be a net- zero energy home soon. Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 5
  6. 6. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” SeriesBuilder and Design Comments Doug Selby (owner) and Larry Maciag (designer) discuss the design, construction methods, materials, features and benefits of the 723 Spring Street LEED Certified Home. The primary design goal was resource efficiency, to have a highly energy and water efficient home built from recycleable materials that blended into the neighborhood. Location was also very important as the home is in close proximity to downtown Ann Arbor as well as the University of Michigan Campus and Hospital. An additional goal was the efficient use of footprint space using Structured Insulated Panels (SIPs) to enable living space in the attic and over the garage. A special aspect of this video is the use of Google Sketchup Model Simulations to demonstrate the construction Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 6
  7. 7. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” SeriesDaylighting – Design and health benefits 723 Spring Street was designed to take advantage of skylights in the 3rd level which would otherwise be an attic in a traditionally built home. Because Structured Insulated Panels (SIPs) were used for the roof, the 3rd level became total living space. The benefits of daylighting interior living spaces, especially in northern climates, has been well documented and is key design tool for many architects and builders. Doug Selby provides an explanation of the use of skylights during the design and construction of 723 Spring Street. Through the use of skylights and enhanced daylighting, we have added about 1,000 square feet of usable space to the home. Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 7
  8. 8. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” SeriesWater Conservation Even in Michigan, where we are surrounded by water, we are still overtaxing our aquifers. 723 Spring Street was built to reduce needless water consumption with water efficiency in mind including recirculating hot water, cross-linked polyethylene supply lines that come from a central manifold. The end use point fixtures include dual flush toilets, faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. Together, the advanced plumbing systems with water conserving point of use result in a 60% reduction in water usage. Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 8
  9. 9. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” SeriesGeothermal Explanation Doug Selby explains how the ground source heat pump accesses the 52 degree temperature. The geothermal system is connected to four vertical ground loops. In the summertime, the system acts similar to a traditional air conditioner except that instead of the air source being outdoors at 90 degrees, it is the ground at 52 degrees. Homeowner Linda explains how the summers are cooler and the winters warmer with the combination of the geothermal system and Integrated Concrete Form (ICF) wall construction. Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 9
  10. 10. 723 Spring Street - “Living in a Green Home” SeriesHomeowner Wrap-upLinda and Scott Phillips talk about their experience since moving intothe house including how surprised family and friends are when theyfirst visit the home and find it very traditional looking.Architect Mark Johnson talks about how the house is used by otherarchitects and designers utilizing Google Sketch-up. Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home http://723springstreet.com/ 10

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