| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Proud Green Home at Serenbe making news for high performance

Photos by James Moses/Bisig Impact Group

The Proud Green Home at Serenbe continues to draw attention for its blend of high performance and architectural excellence.

Built in the sustainable community of Serenbe southwest of Atlanta, the Proud Green Home at Serenbe is a net-zero home designed to demonstrate the latest thinking in building science and some of the top techniques and technology available today in accessible green building.

The home was recognized with two major awards: the 2014 Project of the Year – Single Family Small Volume from the National Association of Home Builders Green Awards, and the2013 EarthCraft Project of the Year from the Southface Institute. The home uses about 60 percent less energy than a comparable size home built to standard codes.

Builder Luis Imery of the Imery Group, and architect Chris Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared led the effort launched by ProudGreenHome.com to build the 2,750-square foot demonstration home with the support of major manufacturers.

The story of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe is being told in a variety of high-profile outlets that help spread awareness of high-performance and sustainable building.

National Association of Home Builders Best in American Living Blog Post

"It's Earth Week, so we are taking a deeper look at the 2014 NAHBGreen Award winner (Project of the Year – Single Family, Small Volume), the "Proud Green Home." It not only sets a high bar for high performance, it's one of the best we've ever seen—bar none.

With countless energy-saving features like solar panels, spray foam insulation, native, drought-resistant landscaping and a solar thermal water heating system, Proud Green produces nine kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy a year.

This makes the home "net-zero" -- properties that can produce at least as much energy as their owners use. Its resulting recognitions include ENERGY STAR certified, EPA WaterSense Home and EarthCraft Platinum certification.

The home is also a combination of brains and beauty: walls of windows with lake views; flex space for entertainment or office work; his and hers walk-in closets; a kitchen with bar seating and custom cabinets. The home is now for sale at $699,900.

The Imery Group built the 2,750-square-foot home, designed by Chris Laumer-Giddens of LG Squared. Eco-publishing company "Proud Green Home" sponsored the project. It was Imery’s first net-zero home. 

Read more here.

Best In American Living Magazine

The three-page magazine article reviews the contemporary styling of the home complete with high-end finishes like granite countertops and stainless steel Bosch appliances.

The article also reviews the certifications and designations the home has earned:

  • EarthCraft House Platinum
  • EnergyStar
  • EPA Indoor airPlus
  • EPA WaterSense
  • DOE Challenge Home

Also, builder Luis Imery discusses his holistic approach to building his first net-zero home, looking at the entire house as a system, from the siting to the building envelope to renewable energy.

See the magazine spread with more photos in NAHB Best in American Living Magazine 

Metal Sales Manufacturing Corp. Website

Metals Sales Manufacturing Corp. was one of the many manufacturers that supported the project with sponsorships on materials and technical assistance. The Proud Green Home at Serenbe has become a feature project on the company’s website.

"Metal Sales roof and wall panels with ENERGY STAR® listed colors outfit the home, which also features solar panels and a rainwater catchment system that reduces fresh water consumption. As a net-zero home, The Proud Green Home will use renewable resources to generate as much energy as it consumes. During the first year, the home’s energy use will be monitored and recorded to demonstrate the effectiveness of sustainable architecture.

The Proud Green Home features 12” Vertical Seam metal roof panels and 7/8” Corrugated wall panels, both in Dark Bronze. The 24 gauge metal panels have a long life span, are 100% recyclable and contain a high percentage of recycled content."

Read more here.

Builder Magazine, February 2014 Issue

This edition features a story and slide show on the Proud Green Home at Serenbe and the other NAHB Green Award Winners.


Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Audits, Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Home Design & Plans, Proud Green Home at Serenbe, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities

Companies: ProudGreenHome.com, Southface Energy Institute, BASF Corporation, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Serenbe Sustainable Community, LG Squared, Inc., The Imery Group, Zehnder America, SmartBIM, Wood-Mode, Inc., PowerWise Systems



Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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