Nestled in the Historic Victorian District of Savannah, Georgia this project ushers in a new era of sustainable design. Among the adjoining Victorian homes, it stands, as a beacon of modern ingenuity, blending historically compatible materials with a modern flare.
The project fills a niche market of dense housing that retains a single-family home scale and appeal. Located on a tenth of an acre lot, the site design crafted a private side yard that provides ample space for leisure, entertainment, and a landscape designed to be as edible as possible. Contrary to current development practices, the developer has proven high levels of sustainability can be achieved without breaking the bank. The nearly 2,000 sf home features a 3-kilowatt solar PV array, plumbing fixtures that will reduce water usage by 50%, energy star appliances, Cree and Eco-Smart LED lighting as well as a 20 SEER variable speed heat pump with energy recovery ventilation, and Low-E Laminated glass windows resulting in a home using nearly 70% less energy than a typical house.
This LEED for Homes Platinum project, with proven efficiency and modern aesthetics, helps redefine sustainable home construction and demonstrates that high levels of sustainability can be achieved within a modest budget.Location: 306 W. Waldburg Street, Savannah, USA Architect: Trident Sustainability Group | Paul Mckeever AIA, LEED AP Interior designer: Rhonda Storzer Floors: 2 Project size: 1988 sf conditioned +600 sf garage Cost: $150/sf Developer: Trident Sustainability Group Sustainability designer: Trident Sustainability Group Start date: September 2012 Completion date: April 2013 Contractor: R. Peacock Construction Engineer: Dulohery Weeks | MEP Design Consultants: One World Sustainable | Solar Installation Sustainable Features Paint: Sherwin Williams Emerald Dry Wall: National Gypsum 100% Recycled Content Spray Foam: Demilec Open Cell Flooring: Cali Bamboo Fossilized Strand Bamboo Flooring Subfloor: Advantech Subflooring Sheating: ZIIP Systems Sheating Lighting: Cree and Eco-Smart LEDs Glass: Windsor, Low-E Laminated Solar: SunPower solar panes, enphase microinverters HVAC Carrier Infinity Heat Pump with Green Speed Carrier Infinity Zoning and Controls RenewAire ERV Kitchen Dining Table: West Elm Industrial Table with Reclaimed Wood Appliances: BOSCH Energy Star Wine Fridge: Eurocave Bath Toilets: Caroma Sydney Smart 270 (0.8/1.28 GPF) Faucets & Shower Heads: Moen 90 Degree Collection (showers 1.75 gpm, faucets 1.5 gpm) Tiles: Marca Corona Yard Plants: Blueberry, Loquat, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, and Herbs Grass: Pearl’s Premium Drought Tolerant Turfgrass Fence: Salvaged from the existing site fencing and refinished Photos: Angela Hopper Photography