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Fort Mills, SC
Baxter Village is a residential community located approximately 20 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina. The development is being constructed by the Charlotte division of David Weekley Homes (DWH). Baxter Village in Fort Mill, South Carolina is located within DOE Climate Zone 3—a mixed-humid climate. A mixed-humid climate is defined as a region that receives more than 20 inches of annual precipitation, has approximately 5,400 heating degree days or less, and where the monthly average outdoor temperature drops below 45˚F during the winter months.
In 1920, when this house was built on the bank of a coastal cove, it served as a summer cottage complete with a boat dock. Over the years, the house has been remodeled, added to, and converted to a year-round residence. Now, as part of the latest renovation, it has undergone a deep energy retrofit which is projected to achieve a 43% source energy savings for the occupants. The National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) Pilot Program provided technical and financial assistance for the energy saving improvements of the renovation.
Take a look at the Prairie Crossing homes—they are "Heartland" homes that anyone would love to live in, reassuringly traditional. Who would think that they also happen to be among the most sophisticated and finely tuned high performance homes in their region?Project Team: Building Science Corporation, Sturbridge ConstructionAddress: Grayslake, ILDescription: Average 2,700 ft2, three bedroom, 21/2 bath single family homesIn 1996, Prairie Crossing became the first community-scale Building America project in the country. Building America is a key element in this conservation community's approach...
Every home built by Prairie Holdings Corporation has a controlled ventilation system that enhances indoor air quality and comfort by bringing in outside air when needed by the occupants. Typical homes have no way of providing outdoor air in a controlled manner aside from relying on the construction of leaky homes and the whims of the weather (wind and temperature differences). Leaky homes consume energy and tend to be uncomfortable from drafts. Tight homes without controlled ventilation can also have problems due to a build up of odors and other pollutants. The optimum approach for healthy,...
Hilton Head, SC
Primarily as a resort location, Hilton Head Island has a somewhat different residential housing market than other more traditional areas. The market is made up of both year-round occupancy and seasonal occupancy, and the size and cost of new homes range from the very large and expensive to those of more normal size but still higher cost. Most houses are simply “built to code.” High performance and “green” housing practices have not begun to penetrate the market.
Humble, TX and Atascocita, TX
This project includes two David Weekley Homes developments near Houston, Texas: Eagle Springs and Waterhaven. These two developments are located in Humble and Atascocita, Texas and consist of one- or two-story single-family houses between 1800 and 3500 square feet and three to six bedrooms. The project is located in DOE climate zone 2A, which is a hot-humid climate. When built-out, Eagle Springs will contain 36 houses, and Waterhaven will contain 112 houses.
Jamaica Plain, MA
The retrofit project included new fiber cement siding installed over exterior insulation, new high performance windows, a conditioned basement, improved insulation at the attic and roof, and improved air tightness.
Lancaster, MA - 19th Century Small Colonial Second Floor Reframing Comprehensive Deep Energy Retrofit - Case Study
Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts received this circa 1900 property as a donation from the Town of Lancaster. The building had been in a state of significant deterioration, yet preserving the footprint and first floor framing was essential to preserving the ability of Habitat to provide a home on the otherwise non-conforming lot. Due to programmatic requirements, the roof was removed and a new second floor and roof framed on top of the existing balloon-framed structure. Significant parts of the rubble-stone-and-brick foundation wall also required replacement. The interior of...
BSC collaborated with Greencraft Builders in Lewisville, TX on a 2009 prototype house called the TimberCreek Net Zero Energy House. This house demonstrates the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that Greencraft has been promoting for years. The architect for the TimberCreek Net Zero Energy House was William Peck and Associates, out of Lewisville, TX. The TimberCreek Net Zero Energy House is located in Lewisville, TX.
This Cape Cod style house was built in 1953. While the owners had made interior improvements and necessary repairs in the 25 years since they purchased the house, they now wanted to do some exterior upgrades and at the same time tighten up the house in keeping with their long-standing goal of becoming energy efficient and reducing their impact on the environment.