Florida LEED Platinum Home features impact resistant windows and doors
Moreland on Trapp, a beautiful, architectural dream of a home located in Miami, Fla., recently earned LEED Platinum for Homes status, due in part to the use of high-performance windows and doors throughout the structure.
The home is the first LEED Platinum single-family home in the city of Miami.
When Randall Moreland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, designed his home, he did it with the intent to live in it forever. He and his wife hold similar sustainable values, and they wanted their home to both reflect and support this lifestyle. And, it needed to be durable enough to withstand the weather that comes with living in Miami, Fla.
Moreland on Trapp faces southeast and is solar-oriented for panels on the roof. Sustainable elements include a 1,000-gallon rainwater collection tank, two solar-thermal panels for hot water, a solar-thermal pool heating system, and insulated concrete forms – minus the foam insulation on the outside to minimize cracking during a potential hurricane.
The 3,400-square-foot property is net zero, and, the house is projected net zero electricity. Built in the Florida vernacular style, the house employs several tools working together to create a natural air conditioning effect, including operable windows, vaulted ceilings, and high-volume/low-speed fans.
Between maintaining a comfortable temperature within the home and keeping the weather at bay, window choice was a key element in the construction of Moreland on Trapp. Research (and previous experience) led Moreland to CGI Windows and Doors, a Miami-based manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and doors. Drawn in by window strength, third-party testing, and verification of impact rating, he chose a mix of awning, casement, and slider profiles for the home.
“Natural ventilation was key, so we chose windows and doors that moved and opened,” said Moreland. “The result was perfect; we know these products are strong, they had the LoE coating we desired, and they look wonderful. Often overlooked in the discussion of environmental quality is sound control and reduction of sound transmittance; the quality build of the CGI Windows and Doors products helps us keep the interior quiet regardless of what’s happening outside.”
“We are very excited to have reached this important goal and are grateful for the part CGI products played in helping us achieve it,” continued Moreland.
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