Blower Door Test at Lonsdale Homes

Last week we (Brad, Maxi, Robyn, and Peter) had an opportunity to go out to the almost completed Lonsdale Homes to get a glance at what happens during a blower door test and duct test. This is a step towards LEED for Homes certification. The Building Performance Rater set up the tests and walked us… Read more »

Brush Creek Home Construction

  Construction will begin soon on a custom residence at Brush Creek Farm, near Clarksville, Tennessee. Our team is working towards a net zero energy goal. With a current HERS rating of -3, the project is also reaching for LEED Platinum. The house has many different environmental designs to help achieve this. Geothermal systems will… Read more »

Reuse for the Shelton Group’s new office

  Reused, salvaged and recycled materials are featured in the new office for Shelton Group in Knoxville’s Old City. This is a photo of one of the screen walls made of salvaged cardboard tubes.  We collected tubes from local carpet companies, a metal roof manufacturer and our printer at Lellyett & Rogers.  The walls were… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 9 of 9

Part 9: Innovation in Design Process Our office earned 4 innovation credits, 2 for exemplary performance of existing LEED credits and 2 for sustainable practices that are not (yet) credited under the LEED rating system. 1: The credit for Furniture and Furnishing Reuse requires a minimum of 30% reuse by value; we were able to… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 8 of 9

Part 8: Daylight and Views “Daylighting reduces the need for electric lighting of building interiors, which, if integrated into the overall approach to lighting, can result in decreased energy use. A well-designed daylit building is estimated to reduce lighting energy use by 50% to 80%. This conserves natural resources and reduces air pollution impacts due… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 7 of 9

Part 7: Air Quality “Americans spend an average of 90% of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment has a significant influence on their well-bring, productivity, and quality of life. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that pollutant levels of indoor environments may run 2 to 5 times- and occasionally more than… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 6 of 9

Part 6: Materials “(Materials and Resources) credits focus on two main issues: the environmental impact of materials brought into the project building, and the minimization of landfill and incinerator disposal for materials that leave the project building.” This includes “selecting sustainable materials, practicing waste reduction, reducing waste at its source, reusing and recycling.” -US Green… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 5 of 9

Part 5: Green Power “Green electricity products reduce the air pollution impacts of electricity generation by relying on renewable energy sources such as solar, water, wind, biomass and geothermal sources. Although green electricity is not entirely benign, it significantly lessens the negative environmental impacts of power generation. Using renewable energy generated either on-site or off-site… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 4 of 9

Part 4: Energy Performance and Commissioning “The process of extracting and consuming energy from fossil fuels causes many environmental impacts, including air and water pollution, land degradation, solid waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions. Data from the US Energy Information Administration show that buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of all energy consumed and… Read more »

LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 3 of 9

Part 3: Water Use Reduction “Reducing potable water use in buildings for urinals, toilets, shower heads, and faucets decreases the total amount withdrawn from rivers, streams, underground aquifers, and other water bodies. These strategies protect the natural water cycle and save water resources for future generations. In addition, water use reductions, in aggregate, allow municipalities… Read more »