Sept. 14, 2016
The Proud Green Home of Louisville is designed to be a high performance home, but that includes more than just energy performance.
Some behind the walls products will help ensure better living including indoor air quality and noise control.
The home, known as Su Verde (Italian for ‘About Green’), was designed by architect Clive Pohl of Lexington, Kentucky-based Pohl Rosa Pohl, and constructed by Louisville’s Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes. It will seek to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standard and the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready program as a LEED Platinum Passive House. Proud Green Homes are high-performance, media showcase homes designed to increase comfort, health, and durability.
In order to achieve these certifications, Su Verde builders are using energy-efficient, sustainable building materials including foam insulation in the footers and foundation of the home, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the wall assembly, geothermal heating and cooling, and sustainably manufactured Boral Bricks.
Drywall products from CertainTeed are part of the package that will deliver a high performance home to its new owners.
One of the products used in the main living spaces is AirRenew Essential gypsum board. Through patent-pending technology, AirRenew Essential proactively captures volatile organic compounds or VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converts them into safe, inert compounds.
AirRenew contains up to 99 percent total recycled content and may provide regional materials depending on project location. All AirRenew gypsum boards handle the same as regular gypsum boards and do not require special tools to install or finish. AirRenew Essential will soon join the existing portfolio of AirRenew products that have Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) from UL Environment for permanent VOC absorption.
Other high-tech products include sound-reducing Silent Effects drywall and durable DiamondBack tile backer board.
Read more about indoor air quality.