Lisa Vail is one of the contributors here at Jetson Green, and I really love her point of view, which you can read here, but she’s also very involved in various renovation projects and most recently her own green home. It’s a contemporary stunner and a Hansgrohe showcase house. If you’re in the Atlanta area, the Vail Residence will be on the AIA/Modern Atlanta Home Tour this June 9-10, 2012, but here’s an early preview.
To conserve energy, Vail Residence has 2×6 wall construction, spray foam and cellulose insulation, aluminum-clad wood windows with low-E4 glazing, an Energy Star roof (R60), Energy Star appliances, and a Mitsubishi Mr Slim ductless heat pump system. In addition, there’s a 3.8 kW Suniva photovoltaic array providing clean energy from the sun.
The exterior has a rain garden, drought-tolerant landscaping and, to minimize runoff, open-cell driveway pavers. Inside, water-saving features include Hansgrohe WaterSense fixtures and Toto dual-flush toilets.
Other green materials include a lime-based San Marco USA stucco, no-VOC San Marco USA interior paints, fiber-cement Nichiha lap siding, strand-woven Dasso bamboo floors, recycled-content EcoTop countertops, and custom cabinets with no-added formaldehyde plywood and non-toxic paints and sealants.
This home was certified Platinum under the EarthCraft House program created by the Southface Energy Institute and Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association in 1999 (EarthCraft serves Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina).
Vail Residence was designed by Jordan Williams of plexus r+d and built by Bert Thompson of Forest Brook Properties with structural engineering by Stability Engineering and cabinetry by Ryan Mathern. The solar array was installed by Inman Solar.