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2011 Green Leaf Award recipient for:
Exemplary - Energy Efficiency
Owner: Unicopia, Inc.
Builder: Faren Dancer
Size: 4,150 SF
Certifications: BGNM Emerald and ENERGYSTAR®,
HERS Index: -5
- Landscape/Site - Minimal site disturbance; over 30 indigenous trees planted; three major retention ponds to maintain water on site; 100% of roof water captured for irrigation; drought resistant landscaping.
- Water Efficiency - 100% of roof water is collected for irrigation with both active and passive systems; short plumbing runs; low-flow toilets; programmable drip irrigation.
- Energy Efficiency - Ground-source heat pump for heating, solar DHW, and 9.2 kW PV system produces all required energy for no ongoing carbon footprint; double-framed walls with super insulation throughout; ENERGY STAR® appliances, roof, and windows; LED and CFL lighting.
- Materials/Resource Efficiency - Extensive use of recycled and reclaimed materials. from cellulose insulation, reclaimed wood, locally procured materials, high recycled content of countertops, sinks/tubs, tile, door hardware, etc.; advanced framing techniques; FSC certified wood used for interior doors and some flooring; construction waste diverted from landfill.
- Indoor Environmental Quality - Low-VOC products throughout; radon protection; ample daylighting with glare control; home ventilation system.
Innovation in Design/Features - Innovation in Design/Features: Achieving the highest BGNM Emerald certification, this home has a superb building envelope which contributes greatly to the HERS Index of minus 5. The home uses passive solar strategies or solar gain and thermal mass and was a City of Santa Fe demonstration for thermal bypass testing.
"The Emerald Home demonstrates how a high-end custom home, with spectacular views, first-class amenities, and exceptional finishes, can also produce its own energy…today. This high performance home received the highest levels of certification in Santa Fe’s green building codes. Beyond the emphasis on energy, the home excels in five other green building categories including water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency, site impact, and homeowner education."