First LEED Registered Home
Under the lead of architecture firm the R. Michael Cross Design Group, Hollyport Ventures LLC is rehabilitating the 4600 Augusta Avenue home located in the city of Richmond. On March 30, 2009, the Augusta Project becomes the first application for residential certification of a Richmond property under the LEED for Homes program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is an initiative to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry towards more sustainable practices.
The Augusta Project, originally a 1938 structure, aims to achieve LEED for Homes standards and meet the Gold certification. Key features of this project includes the use of a geothermal heating, cooling and hot water system, passive solar elements, superior insulation, improved water management, efficient lighting fixtures, and other innovative design programs to meet stringent performance in eight specific categories. As Michael Cross comments, “The current real estate market needs to focus on designs for the future to ensure that homes meet energy efficient and environmentally responsible standards.” Construction will complete by the fall 2009. In addition to the architecture team, the project will include Marty Felps, president of Delta Temp, providers of geothermal heating and cooling systems, John Gray, president of Peak 3 Construction, and Keith Whipple, Waterstreetstudio, landscape architecture. Sean Shaneley of EarthCraft Virginia will oversee compliance with the requirements of the LEED for Homes program. In addition to planning to meet the LEED for Homes certification, Augusta aims to be an EarthCraft House and reach the EPA sponsored Energy Star, Indoor airPlus and WaterSense requirements