Both GreenBuild homes received ENERGY STAR Certification from the EPA in mid-July. This certification is a necessary prerequisite for both the EPA's Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense programs, as well as the Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERHs) Program, each of which are programs GreenBuild is pursuing for certification. The final step in completing the ENERGY STAR certification process is to undergo 3rd party testing and verification of efficiency measurements. This thirrd party verification took place last Friday. Now that the GreenBuild homes are verified as exceeding the ENERGY STAR standard for efficiency, final submissions will be made to the remaining certification programs. Third party verification was performed by folks from Pennsylvania's Energy Efficient New Homes Program through First Energy, and Cornerstone Energy Conservation Services in Columbus, OH. Cornerstone Energy Conservation Services checked all testing equipment calibration before the First Energy rep performed the actual test. For those who are curious, the result of the blower door test was 208 CFM at 50 pascuals, around 1 ACH50. Photos from the testing are below:
The buyers of GreenBuild closed on their homes on Friday, July 27. In honor of their moving in, here are some fictional renderings of the homes furnished, by local real estate photographer Stephanie Girouard of Homes2Vu. There was no furniture in the homes when these photos were taken, so Stephanie used photos of the empty homes, some software and her designer's eye to digitally stage these spaces.
On Thursday 5/31 Centre County Master Gardener and Clearwater Conservancy Volunteer Terry Melton and an army of enthusiastic helpers braved high temperatures and humidity to install over 200 donated native and water friendly plants in 2 rain gardens at GreenBuild. Check out their progress, and the finished product after a couple of weeks of settling in.
Penn State Extension - Centre County Master Gardeners Terry Melton, on behalf of ClearWater Conservancy, and w/ assistance from Sustainability at Penn State's intern Claire & generous businesses & gardeners who gave plants, is building up a wicked #nativeplants arsenal ahead of planting the rain garden at #GreenBuild next week. Check it out! Also pictured, our list of amazing plant donors!
We were happy to have the USGBC Central Pennsylvania and Envinity tour #GreenBuild last night. Thanks also to GreenBuild Chair Peg Hambrick, the Hamer Center for Community Design and the Energy Efficient Housing Research Center at Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Sarah Klinetob Lowe from PHRC - The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, our friends at Envinity, and the many others who helped to share lessons learned from this project.