Proud Green Home of Louisville ground breaking starts deep green project

The latest Proud Green Home will rise in Louisville as part of the sustainable Norton Commons community.

The home Su Verde (About Green in Italian) will be constructed by UberGreen Spaces & Homes and will be open to the public as part of the 2016 Homearama, July 16-31, 2016.

Following on the success of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe and the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, the Proud Green Home of Louisville by UberGreen Spaces & Homes will be a sustainable home designed to meet an array of green building standards.

Also, with the option for future solar panels, the home could be net zero energy, or produce as much energy as it uses.

Sy Safi and his company, UberGreen Spaces & Homes created and designed Su Verdein the Italianate style with architect Clive Pohl of Lexington, Kentucky-based Pohl Rosa Pohl.

Safi is a national and international award-winning sustainability designer and progressive builder in both residential and commercial. Pohl Rosa Pohl is a Lexington, Kentucky, based architectural firm with deep understanding of high performance home building principles.

"The Proud Green Home program educates and inspires homeowners and building professionals to create high performance homes across the spectrum of the market," said Robert Fincher, CEO of Sustainable Community Media, LLC, publisher of ProudGreenHome.com. "We are pleased to partner with Sy of Uber Green Spaces & Homes to launch his project as a Proud Green Home in our hometown, and to partner with a visionary sustainability designer builder and architect on a home in one of the premier developments in the country."

While talking shop over the holidays, both Robert and Sy realized the Su Verde home was a great opportunity to accomplish their mutual goals to create awareness, educate and inspire the public and professional industry in sustainability.

Proud Green Homes are media showcase homes conceived by green design and building professionals, to demonstrate advanced building science for homes that perform at higher levels of energy and water efficiency, are more comfortable, significantly healthier, and possess longer life with fewer repairs and less maintenance than other homes.

"The home will focus on a number of sustainability aspects, including energy, water and waste management, indoor air quality, acoustics, nourishment, health and happiness, biophelia and biomimicry," Safi said. In 2012, Safi created My Green Kentucky Home, a model home that is Kentucky's first Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water home certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Su Verde home will seek to be certified in the LEED for Homes program from the U.S. Green Building Council, the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standard and the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready program.

In addition, Safi said the Su Verde home will be sustainable from the ground up. The design plans for the home go beyond energy-efficiency and focuses on aspects of a created environment such as water, waste, indoor air quality, light, acoustics and fitness.

"There is quite a bit to consider during design and construction when creating a traditional Italianate home that stays true to Louisville's historical architecture and not only pays for itself but can also take care of itself," Safi said.

For the vision of the home to be made a reality, architects, engineers, subcontractors, material suppliers, industry leaders and the homeowner will be brought together during design meetings throughout the entirety of the building project.

 “Everyone involved in this project will play an important role in their respective area of expertise. The end result will be truly fascinating,” Safi said.

While the Su Verde home will be a demonstration of the current state of the art in green building, the goal is to make homes with this level of performance more mainstream.

"Not only will this home be the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, it will be the home of the future," Safi said.

Read more about the Proud Green Home of Louisville.


Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Recovery & Heat Recovery, Energy Star, Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Going Green, Healthy Homes, Home Design & Plans, Indoor Air Quality, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Interior Design, Passive House, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Proud Green Home of Louisville, Solar Power, Sustainable Communities

Companies: U.S. Department of Energy, ProudGreenHome.com, U.S. Green Building Council, Zehnder America, Huber Engineered Woods


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