Steve Duncan and Leslie Avery, designers and owners of 3rdEmpire Design, are proud to have registered the first LEED project in Newfoundland & Labrador-Canada. With the e3 Home, they’re aiming for Gold Certification and plan on completion in September 2008. Duncan and Avery say the home presents a unique challenge due to having to conform to local Heritage Area guidelines (because of its location in downtown St. Johns).
From the renderings, you’ll notice the second empire style architecture, which 3rdEmpire Design went with to complement the neighborhood. The inside of the 3000 sf home will incorporate modern and innovative materials/technology, wherever possible, and will feature a more open design. Proposed features include pervious hardscaping and landscaping, recycled construction waste, bamboo and cork flooring, thermostatically controlled radiant flooring, low E glass, low VOC paint, upgraded insulation, CFL and LED lighting, dual flush toilets and low flow faucets, FSC timber, use of natural ventilation and lighting.
The owners welcome support and/or sponsorship opportunities from any building suppliers who would be interested in participating in this unique initiative. They have also contacted the Provincial Government with regards to promoting sustainable design methods and commencing new incentives to support green building. If you’re interested, email: [email protected].