Green Home Reduces Duct Leakage for Healthier, More Efficient HVAC System
Strict attention to detail helps the Proud Green Home of Louisville deliver a high level of indoor air quality and efficiency to the high performance home.
Builder Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes used a geothermal heating and cooling system and sealed ductwork for clean, efficient air and temperature flow for better comfort.
The average home ductwork leaks up to 40 percent or so, but after treatment with the Aeroseal system, the home leaks less than 2 percent. That means the HVAC system works efficiently and also eliminates potential allergens and contaminants by sealing the ductwork. Aeroseal is a polymer substance blown through the ductwork and automatically seals up any holes to reduce air leakage.
Research shows that typical indoor air can be as much as five times more polluted than outdoor air. But that may be a different story with the Proud Green Home of Louisville.
"All these measures were put in place to improve the homeowner's respiratory health, immune health and protect from potential future health risks," Safi said.
Known as Su Verde, or "About Green" in Italian, the high performance home in the Norton Commons development in Louisville is seeking certifications from multiple organizations, including DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, LEED, Passive House, National Green Building Standard, Living Building Challenge Petal Certification and the LBC Net Zero Certification.
The home reflects the builder's and architect's passion for creating a uniquely beautiful and highly livable home that is also very resource efficient.
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