EarthCraft Platinum Modern in Georgia

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.

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  • RW

    Great house. How big? Number of bedrooms? Hard and soft construction cost psf (exclusive of land)?

  • Mattforee

    Love this house.  Ride by it on my bike almost every week.  Hey Lisa!

  • Mattforee

    Love this house.  Ride by it on my bike almost every week.  Hey Lisa!

  • Lisa

    Hey, Matt! Hey, RW!  Our 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house is just a little over 2700 sq feet and cost $150 sq/ft to build.  If it wasn’t for the super-steep lot, we could have gotten that down a good bit more, but be that as it may… :) Hope that helps!

    • Jason


      Really enjoyed a visit to your home this past weekend on the MA tour.  nice to see well thought out, sustainable, affordable modern out there.  We’re fighting the good fight down here in Jacksonville, Florida…trying to educate the masses that modern and sustainable aren’t 4 letter words, and they aren’t inherently expensive.

      • Lisa Vail

        Thank you for your kind words, Jason- and how cool you came all the way up from Jacksonville! I also met a couple from Miami on the tour. You guys down in FL are indeed fighting the good fight! I’d love to hear more about your educational effort.

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