Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Here is a preview of the "Nest" house which is registered as West Michigan's first Living Building Challenge registered project. This project will also be a LEED for Homes V4 registered project and has also been registered for Passive House and ZeroStep certification besides.
Living Building Challenge Certification require this project to be Zero Energy and Zero Water use and has a Red List of material that cannot be used in the project. Below please find some of the advanced feature of this home.

Key Features

  • Rain Water Harvesting
  • Gray Water & Black Water
  • Passive Solar
  • Solar Hot Water Heating
  • Photovoltaic
  • Greenhouse 
  • Clay Straw Walls
  • Durisol ICF Foundation
  • Hydronic Heating
  • Urban Farming
  • Root Cellar
  • More features to come as the project progresses!
Stay tune for our next blog post it will be on a preview of the "Nest" Living Building Challenge Site Rendering.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Wish you could tour the LEED for Homes "Platinum" "Glenn Retreat" project ? Now is your chance it is going to be on the first annual West Michigan LEED for Homes Tour on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 til 5:00.

Key Features You Can See
  • Geothermal
  • Passive Solar Design.
  • Blackwater  & Graywater Underground Irrigation System.
  • Rain Gardens.
  • Edible Forest Gardens.
  • Native Wildflower and Prairie Grass Landscaping.
  • Extensive use of Native Drought Tolerant Plants.
  • Eco Turf Grass.
  • WaterSense Toilet and Fixtures.
  • Concrete Countertops and Sink.
  • Re-Use Products.
Below please find some more link on this amazing project.

Watch a two part video on the Glenn Retreat Project.

See More Pictures and Details of the Glenn Retreat on Houzz.

Read the Glenn Retreat Project Profile.

Read a Article on the Glenn Retreat innovative Blackwater  Design Features.

Hope to see you there!