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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Granite Hill Project For Sale in Kingsley, Michigan

LEED for Homes "Gold" Project For Sale
Many of you may remember our award winning  LEED for Homes "Gold" "Granite Hill Project" in Kingsley, Michigan. It was the first LEED certified home in Grand Traverse County and now its the first LEED Certified home for sale of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors  (TAAR) Green MLS.  It is list by Andrea Galloup of Century 21 real estate in Traverse City.

The home was the show home for the 2009 Michigan Energy Fair and the winner of the 2009/2010 ICFA Small Residential Gold Award and the 2009/2010 ICFA Sustainability Silver Award. Beside achieving  LEED for Homes "Gold" certification the home achieved 5+ Energy Star certification and a HERs score of 48. The 2010 and 2011 total utility bills averaged $1048 annually $87.38 monthly. This home has no mechanical HVAC, a Tulikivi Masonry Unit Heat provides radiant heat with backup electric baseboard heat. The entire house has been heated by roughly 7-10 face cords of hardwood firewood per winter. Wood was cut from the property (ash and suger maple), if purchased commercially this would has cost roughly $425.00 per winter. Only one fire a day is sufficient for 95% of the heating season. No constant stoking is required with these types of fireplaces. Below please find the key features of this home.

Key Feature of this Home are:
  • 60 acres.
  • 3 bedrooms, master on the main floor.
  • 2 1/2 baths.
  • Main Floor laundry.
  • BuildBlock ICF exterior walls.
  • Tulikivi Masonry Unit Heater (Model TTU2700 with bake oven).
  • Programmable in floor radiant electric heat in all bathrooms.
  • Automatic dog door.
  • Andersen 400 Series Energy Star Windows.
  • Soytherm open cell spray foam insulation.
  • TOTO dual flush ADA complaint toilets. 
  • Cement Board siding.
  • Premium Kasselwood metal roof shingles.
  • Energy Star ceiling fans provide all the "AC" you'll ever need.
  • Passive solar designed.
  • Maple, Tile and Polished concrete flooring throughout home.
  • Solar Hot water system w/85 gallon insulated Marathon electric water heater.
  • No-VOC Paints, floor treatments and caulks use in construction.
  • Energy Star refrigerator and washing machine.
  • Soapstone Countertops.
  • 80% efficiency whole house Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV).
  • Pre-wired for future wind turbine installation.
  • External plug and wiring ready for a full size home generator.
  • Detached 3 stall garage with a 12' x 12' basement and adjacent 12'x 12' stone floored ventilated root cellar.
  • 24' x24' loft over the middle two stalls designed to be finished for guest quarters or home office.
The home is listed for $419,000.00 which is a steal for a home of this magnitude. 

Link to the Northern Express article on the house:
Leeding the way/Green Homes


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