Healthy Remodel and LEED Platinum Home, Piedmont
“The HBS team was great. They helped us define goals for sustainability early on, and ensured that these goals made it to the drawings and specifications. Most of the team was familiar with some healthy building practices, but HBS brought the project to a whole new level with their expertise, broad scope of knowledge, and sophisticated research. They did testing during and after construction to verify environmental quality and make sure specifications were followed. Knowing HBS was by our side during the entire process provided peace of mind.
From EMF abatement, water quality and air quality testing, healthy material research, LEED and energy efficiency consulting, we could count on Alex and his team to take care of our green building needs. With their leadership, we earned LEED Platinum and created a beautiful, healthy home for our family.
This family wanted an artistic modern home with all the healthy building bells and whistles. What started as a minor remodel project turned into a gut remodel, and in the end only some structural elements remained of the original home. The end product is lovely and healthy. State-of-the-art, yet simplistic and easy to operate, this is a LEED Home unlike any other.
HBS was initially hired to perform an EMF survey, but the owner realized we had more to offer the design team and it snowballed into Building Biology & LEED Consulting through design and construction. HBS worked most closely with the Interior Designer, Architect and Builder throughout the project. Detailed drawings and project specifications provided clear direction to the Builder, and HBS weighed in throughout design and construction providing guidance and quality control where valuable.
LEED Project Highlights:
- Low-VOC and natural finishes
- Insulation without Halogenated Flame Retardants (HFRs)
- Almost entirely PVC- and Formaldehyde-free construction
- Whole-house water filtration
- Solar thermal tubing hidden underneath the slate tile roof and integrated into the radiant floor heating system of the home
- Solar electric panels (PV)
- Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRVs)
- Rainwater harvesting for irrigation
- Graywater reuse for toilet flushing
- Radio Frequency (RF) mitigation from radar and cell phone signals in the Bay Area.
- Wiring of panels and house designed to minimize magnetic and electric fields (EMF)
Interior Design = Sherry Williamson Design, Inc. http://www.sherrywilliamson.com/
Architect = Andrew Mann Achitecture http://www.andrewmannarchitecture.com
Builder = McCutcheon Construction http://www.mcbuild.com/
Plumber = Lunt Marymor http://www.luntmarymor.com/