Green home remodel wins award for design and energy efficiency
This green remodeling project won Renewal Design-Build a 2010 Southeast Regional Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. One goal was to make the home at least 30 percent more energy efficient .
Before: the home started as a 1930s, 900-square-foot cottage with two bedrooms and one bath. The remodeling process took the home down to the foundation.
After: The new home is 2,100 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths and it's at least 30 percent more energy efficient than the old ones. The stone columns hide cisterns that hold rainwater for landscaping use.
Because the envelope of the home is very tight, Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood and bamboo flooring were used to minimize VOC and formaldehyde exposure from off-gassing.
Energy Star-rated exhaust fans in the bathrooms and cooktop vents in the kitchen helped to reduce the chance of mold growing in more humid areas of the home. A tankless water heater cuts energy use.
High-efficiency windows and doors cut down energy costs. To block solar heat gain, the design incorporates deep roof overhangs to provide shade for the windows.