Geothermal gaining ground in high performance homes (video)
Norton Commons, Louisville, Ky.
The Proud Green Home of Louisville is part of a community of geothermal homes in Norton Commons that rely on the energy from the ground for their heating and cooling.
UberGreen Spaces & Homes of Louisville is building the home, also known as Su Verde, or About Greenin Italian. The Louisville based green designer and builder is creating what could be Kentucky’s greenest home yet for the Homearama show in Norton Commons this summer. UberGreen Spaces & Homes is a creative division of GCCM Construction Services LLC.
“Not only will this home be the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, it will be the home of the future,” says Sy Safi, principal, UberGreen Spaces & Homes. “Almost 90% of our lives are spent indoors which puts great emphasis on the importance of proper design, and a healthy and safe environment for our families.”
Geothermal heating and cooling delivers benefits for homeowners in reduced energy costs, greater comfort and better indoor air quality.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis also incorporated geothermal HVAC as part of its high performance building design.
In this video, Matt Belcher of Verdatek Solutions, one of the green consultants on the project, and Jeff Garner of Scott-Lee Heating and Geothermal Company, discuss the role that geothermal heating and cooling can play in a high performance home like the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis was a project of ProudGreenHome.com in partnership with Hibbs Homes, Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, and the High Performance Buildings Research Center, part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia, to build the five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot, Prairie-style home.
The Proud Green Home of Louisville is located in Norton Commons, Kentucky's first Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND). TNDs are the cornerstone of the new urbanism movement, which promotes the creation of diverse, walkable and vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods assembled in an integrated fashion, resulting in a complete community. Norton Commons, which sits on 595 acres in northeastern Jefferson County, is currently home to almost one thousand residences, over 55 locally-owned businesses, and numerous parks, pools and green spaces.
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