HGTV's Green Home Giveaway in Massachusetts
For the past few years, HGTV has been giving away a Green Home and the 2010 contest ends on June 4th. The 2010 Green Home is located in the Pinehills area of Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to being aesthetically beautiful, this home is only the second home in Massachusetts to receive the gold certification by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standard.
The NAHB has awarded the certification to only 813 homes in the United States (as of February, 2010) and only 206 of them have received gold certification, the second highest honor for residential construction. Only 8 homes nationwide have achieved the Emerald Certification, the highest award for energy efficiency and use of sustainable building materials. The home scored a 56 on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS), a 100 point system which compares a home’s efficiency to that of the HERS reference home. Based on this score, the Plymouth, MA home is 41% more efficient than the HERS reference home!
The Pinehills area of Plymouth, MA is a ‘green minded’ community that was designed in the likeness of the vintage Nantucket/Martha’s Vineyard style of cottage homes. The community was awarded the NAHB Master-Planner Community award as only 30% of the area’s land is developed and about 2,000 acres of land is being preserved. All homes in the area have small yards that are within walking distance to a village green. Also included in the community are 2 golf courses, retail stores and walking trails.
The home boasts many green amenities including water conservation, indoor air quality control, and increased energy efficiency. This home uses 50% less water than the typical home due to advanced irrigation systems, rainwater harvesting, community retention ponds and water-efficient fixtures. The roof was designed to allow more room for attic insulation, allowing the home to stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The roof is CertainTeed’s Landmark Solaris™ shingles that reflect the sun’s light and allow you to save up to 20% on your cooling costs. Energy efficient windows with Low-E4 Smart Sun glass allow the home to be more energy efficient by blocking the harmful UV rays that bring unwanted heat into your home and fade fabrics. The home is equipped with a built in central vacuum, air filters & purifiers and sealed ductwork to maintain fresh air flow. Low-VOC paints & sealants, and water resistant bathroom products reduce the growth potential for mold.
Sustainable and local materials were also utilized in the home’s structure and interior, decreasing transportation costs and greenhouse emissions. New England fieldstone was gathered from local farms and used for the home’s chimney and fireplace. An AZEK® PVC deck was installed because it is virtually maintenance free and holds up to the harsh New England weather. About 60% of the construction waste was recycled. The eco flooring which included eco hardwoods comprised of sawmill byproducts, tiles made of post-industrial recycled material and area rugs made of recycled products, was provided by Shaw Flooring. Recycled wood furniture and décor, some of which were made by local artists, also can be found throughout the home.
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