Morr Construction: Remodel Type III Gold

Eian Residence — Minneapolis, MN

This neglected and partially obsolete 1927 Minneapolis home was in desperate need of repairs and updates. Not only was it lacking a design identity—all trim and period details had been yanked—but its performance (comfort and energy bills) was extremely poor as well. Homeowner and German-born architectural engineer Tim Delhey Eian used a holistic approach pioneered locally by TE Studio to address both shortcomings and bring his family home into the 21st century.

The house features around 2,500 finished square feet in its two-story layout, including a finished basement.

Over the course of 8 years, the home saw key updates and enhancements in these categories:

  • Building envelope updates consisting of new ventilated metal and fiber-cement board siding, vented standing-seam metal roofing, new continuous weather barriers, improved airtightness, and added insulation levels; new windows and exterior doors
  • Second-floor addition built with reclaimed, recycled and FSC lumber and local materials; advanced stick framing techniques
  • New building envelope surfaces with high R-values (walls R-25 to 30; roofs R-60) with closed cell spray foam and cellulose insulation; diligent air-sealing techniques
  • Mechanical systems including new heating plant and zoned distribution with programmable thermostats; new domestic hot water system and plumbing with low-flow fixtures throughout; addition of heat-recovery ventilation and heatpump air-conditioning
  • Energy star appliance package
  • Low and no VOC finishes throughout
  • Earth-friendly landscaping and stormwater management
  • Dimmed low-voltage halogen, CFL and LED lamping throughout

The Eian family is dedicated to living green, sustainably and energy efficiently. The approach chosen resulted in a durable and sustainable retrofit that enables the home to be an asset for the family for years to come. In combination, the carefully tailored design and solutions yielded a GreenStar Gold certification.

For more information on this project visit www.morrconstruction.com.

Design: Tim Delhey Eian, TE Studio, Ltd.
Construction: Various Structural
Engineering: Eric Bunkers, Bunkers and Associates
Photo Credit: Richard Schultz via TE Studio, Ltd.

 

Showcase Renovation/SALA Architects: New Home Silver

New Home Silver

Showcase Renovations

Showcase Renovation Inc. won the 2008 “Excellence In Green Building” Award for remodeling with this project.  The home has been rated Silver by MN GreenStar.

Replacing an energy and structurally deficient home, this MN GreenStar pilot participant begins sustainability with simple concepts in a new 2050sf house.  Methods including solar orientation for passive heating and cooling; use and re-use of durable, recyclable, and sustainable materials; reduced energy consumption; improved indoor air quality; and increased attention to water management, retention, and respect of the mighty Mississippi.  The elongated plan and prominent shed roof focus river views while minimizing northern exposure.

Among the features included in this home:

  • FSC lumber and millwork
  • In-floor heat powered by heat pump
  • Closed cell foam insulation, R-50 and R-60 ceilings
  • Advanced framing technologies
  • Low VOC or no VOC and free of formaldehyde finishes
  • Air exchange system with heat-recovery or energy-recovery
  • Flourescent, low voltage, and LED lighting
  • Energy Star rated appliances
  • No-Mow Landscape with rain barrels and rain garden for conservation

The clients were dedicated to building green and made this project both challenging and exciting. This home was designed for its site responding to conditions both natural and man-made.  It provides an example of the beauty, efficiency, and longevity that results when regard for limited resources meets sustainable design and quality craftsmanship.

By Stephen Roche, Showcase Renovation Inc.

Showcase RenovationShowcase Renovation

For more information on this project visit www.showcaserenovations.com and www.salaarc.com.

Buck Brothers Construction – Bath Project: Remodel Type I Gold

Previous to this bathroom project the homeowners contracted with Buck Brothers Construction to construct a GreenStar “Gold” Certified 2nd floor addition. They wanted to continue the “Green” renovation of their home with the decision to complete the installation of their master bathroom. Space and basic mechanics had been planned and laid out during the development and construction of their 2010 2nd floor addition.

Supported by an established collaborative relationship and clarity to the goals of sustainability and efficiency the owners and our staff finalized the scope and details for the bathroom. Reclaimed pedestals sinks and faucets from a local salvage company, a dual flush, water conserving toilet, low VOC paints and flow restricted faucets were folded into the shell constructed in their previous project. The completed bathroom presented them with an open, airy room including a porthole view of their front yard treetops.

The design process, construction and, most conclusively, the final product were a testament to the initial commitment and planning invested by the homeowners. Decisions made three years earlier ensured a continuation of their dedication to a sustainable construction and life style. An added plus for them was achieving another Gold certification for their Green home.

For more information on this project visit www.buck-bros.com.

Keith Waters & Associates: New Home Silver

New Home Silver
Keith Waters & Associates

This home by Keith Waters & Associates, Inc, is MN Greenstar New Home Silver Certified. Some of its “green” features are solar water heating, sustainably-harvested hardwood floors, and high-efficiency lighting. Its driveway pavers are made from recycled tires and are installed in a way that lets rainwater seep between them into the earth, recharging the groundwater supply while reducing undesireable runoff.

By Jacquie Cripe, Keith Waters & Associates

For more information on this project visit www.keithwaters.com.

Castle Building & Remodeling: Remodel Type III Silver

This St. Louis Park couple came to Castle Building & Remodeling needing to expand their attic space in anticipation of a new arrival. They knew they wanted to use sustainable and locally sourced materials, convert the household mechanicals to energy efficient systems, and conserve or recycling materials wherever possible. Castle Building & Remodeling designed a unique shed dormer that gave these homeowners nearly 800 sq. ft. of newly finished space, including two bedrooms, a full bathroom and an office/nursery area.

Castle Building & Remodeling

Some of the key elements of this project that qualified it for green certification were:

  • High efficiency heating and cooling systems
  • A tanklesswater heating system
  • Energy Star rated lighting fixtures
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Advanced framing techniques that conserved on lumber usage
  • Engineered headers and beams to maximize the use of forest products
  • High efficiency windows
  • Advanced insulation techniques to increase R-values and eliminate air leakage
  • No recessed fixtures penetrating unconditioned attic space
  • Lifetime warrantied steel shingles
  • Bituminous roofing over entire low pitch roof areas
  • Fiber cement siding & wood composite exterior trim materials
  • Low VOC paints and finishes
  • Recycled framing and roofing materials salvaged for the existing house
  • A Waste Management Plan to deal with all refuse
  • Rain barrels to collect water runoff from the roof and to be used to water the yard

Castle Building & Remodeling

For more information on this project visit www.castlebri.com.

Buck Brothers Construction Inc.: Remodel Type I Gold

Remodel Typr 1 Gold

Buck Brothers Construction

 For more information on this project visit www.buck-bros.com.

Crockett & Crockett Builders: Remodel Type IV Bronze

Remodel Type IV Bronze

This project was initiated by the City of White Bear Lake to demonstrate how a 1950’s single-family rambler-type residence can be modernized to the way many people want live today. The City decided that GreenStar certification would be the best way to emphasize and educate the public about green remodeling practices. It was a way for the city to demonstrate their commitment to quality and to show that certification can be achieved even on a tight budget. The rambler was a logical housing style choice for this project as more than one-third of the City’s single-family housing stock is comprised of rambler-style homes.

 

The property included a 973 square foot home with a two-car detached garage. The home had a great envelope: newer windows, a decent roof and siding in good shape. This allowed the team to focus their attention on the interior of the home. The City worked with Rust Architects to design a new layout which opened up the common areas of the home by removing the stairway walls to create a spacious great room feel; building a new 165-square foot kitchen and mud-room addition; and reconfiguring the main floor bedrooms to create a true master bedroom.

 

A bedroom was added downstairs to compensate for the one lost upstairs, so that the home remained a 3-bed/1-bath. Many energy improvements were made throughout the home. After new insulation in the attic and the basement, all new mechanicals, appliances and fixtures. The staff estimates that the home is now 30% less leaky and energy costs are reduced by about $700 per year.

The intent of the project was primarily economic. Not only was an investment made in a particular house and therefore in a particular neighborhood, the city used a local architect, a local general contractor and some of the subcontractors were local as well.

The larger intent was to inspire reinvestment and revitalization of an aging housing stock. The hope was that the project can be replicated, to some degree, by young families wanting to relocate to White Bear Lake. The project was meant to demonstrate how to bridge the gap between first-time homebuyer’s dreams of owning a new home and the realistic attainability of owning an older, more affordable home.

The City hopes that most people will be inspired by at least one idea from this project and also that residents and City staff have learned about green remodeling as well as the true cost of various home improvement projects.

Get more information about this project at RamblerRevolution.com. Also, this home is for sale:
Contact Jane Bacchus Ray for information.

Vujovich Design Build – The Idea Farm: New Home Gold

New Home Gold

Vujovich Idea Farm

Vujovich Design Build has received MN GreenStar’s highest New Home honor – Gold Certification. The project named, “The Idea Farm” is the first MN GreenStar certified project built by Vujovich Design Build.

Using local materials and building suppliers, The Idea Farm combines the state’s farming history and with modern sustainability. Connecting the home with land and nature, building practices included the use of recycled materials, geothermal heating, rain-water collection, reuse of gray water, composting, and reseeding native prairie grasses and pastures.

“In designing and building The Idea Farm our goal was to combine the highest possible levels of green building with sophisticated architecture; green + beautiful,” states Peter Vujovich, co-owner and founder of Vujovich Design Build.

By Peter Vujovich, Vujovich Design Build

Idea Farm KitchenVujovich Idea Farm

For more information on this project visit www.vujovich.com.

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation: New Home Bronze

New Home Bronze

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation

EDUCATION = SUSTAINABILITY

This house is more than simply a place for our clients to call “home”– it is an educational tool.
During the design/construction phase, we first educated ourselves about new green products/technologies and then shared what we learned with clients, subcontractors, city officials, and the general public.

Through simple conversations, public demonstrations,literature distribution,open houses and speaking engagements (we were invited to speak at a U of MN event in September 2008 about the construction of energy efficient homes) we helped turn many of the people we work with into advocates for sustainability (see Artistic Visions cabinet maker letter in the presentation for an example). Will we continue building green? ABSOLUTELY.

By Gigi & Rocky DiGiacomo, DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation

DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation KitchenDiGiacomo Homes & Renovation Living Room

For more information on this project visit www.dghomesandrenovation.com.