Pembroke Passive Solar Achieves GreenStar New Construction Gold

Pearl Residence Achieves LEED Platinum

Kris Hunter, Battery & Solar Expert joins GHI Board of Directors in 2018

Kris Hunter is an owner of two West Michigan based companies—Hunter Energy Resources LLC, a solar PV system design and installation firm and Global Battery Solutions LLC, an advanced chemistry battery solutions provider. She has been an active advocate for the advancement of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy for over 10 years and has participated in many grassroots efforts to educate community members—leading seminars for faith-based organizations, educational institutions and local youth groups. Kris has been involved with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, GreenMichigan.org, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (glrea.org).

Members Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect & Habitat for Humanity Kent County featured in USGBC LEED Homes Awards

Claudia Mattison becomes LEED Green Rater and moves the market forward

Welcome aboard our new LEED for Homes Green Rater!

Claudia is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional who provides sustainability consulting and project management at dbHMS. As a LEED AP BD+C, Claudia assists project teams in developing strategies for LEED certification both for MEP-related credits and general consulting. This work is complemented by her experience with dbHMS conducting MEP and general reviews of LEED projects submitted to the USGBC for certification. She has overseen projects ranging from core and shell developments to large-scale, multi-family housing. Claudia brings a broad knowledge base to implementing green techniques and strategies. Claudia volunteers with the USGBC Illinois Chapter’s Emerging Professionals group, Rebuilding Together Chicago, and Designs for Dignity.

She works at dbHMS which was founded in 2002 on the principles of integrated project delivery and sustainable design. A minority-owned business with 125 employees worldwide, and 85 based in Chicago, their project approach unites key stakeholders and creative design professionals, letting them work collaboratively to deliver innovative engineering solutions. Their team of consultants provides a full range of services including mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection, lighting, and information technology design. The specialize in energy modeling, building commissioning, LEED/ sustainability consulting, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and daylighting studies. dbHMS has been recognized as a LEED® Proven Provider™ for the Building Design and Construction rating system family by Green Building Certification Inc.

Contact Claudia today to make your next project, Better!

Claudia Mattison
P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Planning Studio
db|HMS
m 610.248.0479 | www.dbhms.com
cmattison@dbhms.com

Gramata Rowhome Renovation – LEED Platinum Single Family

New LEED Green Rater Courtney Royal takes her own house LEED and Zero Energy in NY!

Welcome our brand new credentialed LEED green rater who is serving the Upstate New York Region and behind to help people (re)build healthier and greener buildings.

Courtney has provided consulting services for a wide range of buildings, including commercial and multifamily projects. She currently provides consulting and technical support to project teams on sustainable building design and manages the LEED certification process from project inception through certification. Courtney specializes in LEED-NC, -EBOM, and -CS rating systems. Courtney holds a BA in Business Management from Western Michigan University and a MS in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology. She also holds a Certificate in Green Building Design from Cooper Union in New York City. Courtney became a LEED AP in 2008 and a LEED for Homes Green Rater in 2017.

Taitem Engineering, PC, is a consulting engineering firm focused on energy efficiency, green building design, and renewable energy.  Our team of MEPS engineers, energy analysts and sustainability consultants help buildings perform better, and help local and NYS energy programs deliver savings. Taitem’s award-winning solar division has installed hundreds of solar photovoltaic systems for homes and businesses. Additional services include Aeroseal duct sealing, commissioning, LEED certification, research and training.  In 2013, Taitem earned B-Corporation status, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. “Taitem” stands for “technology as if the Earth mattered,” reflecting the firm’s commitment to the environment.

Courtney is taking her own home in Ithica through the LEED for Homes process and aiming for Platinum along with the Zero Energy Capable Certification. 

 

Below are the highlights and features of her home the Hemsin House.

  • Located in Ithaca, New York
  • Hemsin is the name of the region Umit is from in Turkey, it means “always fun”
  • 2,240 sqft single family home, two-floors, new construction
  • Zero Energy Building, LEED for Homes Platinum certification pending
  • WaterSense and Indoor AirPLUS certification pending
  • Energy Star certified
  • 1.8 ACH 50
  • HERS score 8
  • R-45 mineral wool cavity exterior wall insulation, R-60 ceiling blown-in cellulose insulation, R-16 underslab insulation, R-16 vertical slab insulation at 4 inch length.
  • Advanced framing methods applied; for instance, 24 inch OC for exterior walls
  • Slab on grade
  • 14-15% Window to Wall Ratio (WWR)
  • Half of the house windows are R-5 and other half are R-3.5
  • DHW will be provided by an air-source heat pump
  • One mini-split air source heat pump provides heating
  • Supplemental electric resistance baseboards are installed in the bedrooms, but should only if space temperature goes down to 64°F
  • Energy Star appliances throughout
  • Energy Star-certified metal roof
  • Heat Pump Clothes Dryer
  • 6.9 kw solar pv array
  • Achieved lots of daylighting by using a wedged wall around the windows and highly reflective surfaces and paints throughout
  • Low-VOC paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives
  • Incorporated local hardwood and local reclaimed hardwood
  • No invasive and native landscaping
  • Stormwater management design features swales that feed a pond on-site
  • 100% post-consumer recycled paper and petroleum-free resin kitchen countertops

Make sure you contact Courtney before your next new or residential renovation to ensure it is cerified and built, BETTER.

A ventilation system that monitors the air for toxins when they are present?

Build it tight, ventilate it right is now the mantra of the green building industry. With codes, programs and just general awareness new and existing home renovations are making homes tighter and saving energy. Because of these, things like ventilation are made mandatory and necessary to maintain health. Studies showing supply or exhaust ventilation only may not be healthiest and that even general balanced systems can waste energy for the trade off of the importance of fresh air. Cue the growth of Energy or Heat Recovery Ventilator, a system that acts as the lungs in the places we live but also captures 75% to 95 +% of the lost heat energy. These systems are good at saving energy and ensuring health but can over ventilate when not needed or not exhaust enough pollutants when they are introduced to the house!

The solution? 

Build Equinox manufactures the CERV (pronounced “serve”) smart ventilation system. On-board CO2 and VOC sensors combined with heat pump energy recovery make the CERV the most capable air quality management system for high-performance homes. Real-time monitoring of the home’s air quality along with temperature and humidity give control and peace of mind to homeowners that their house is being kept healthy and comfortable. Designed and built in the United States, the CERV is UL Listed and assembled in a 100% solar powered facility located in Urbana, Illinois. Live Healthier, Live Longer. Live Better with a CERV.cerv

The CERV is a fresh air ventilator for residences that automatically maintains excellent indoor air quality by active control of carbon dioxide and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). A heat pump is used to exchange energy between fresh air and exhaust air streams when energy exchange is beneficial. Online monitoring capability, local exhaust boost mode, Geo-Boost heat exchanger, and zone dampers (multi-family) are some of the CERV’s options.
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