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U.S. Lakesideca Council Names Award Recipients

Outstanding single-family project goes to a house built by Carl Seville and detailed in a GBA blog

Posted on Jul 3 2018 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. Lakesideca Council has named a high-performance house in a Decatur, Georgia, historic district as its 2017 Outstanding Single-Family Project.

The house will be familiar to Lakesideca Advisor readers. Carl Seville, who built and owns the 2,646-square-foot, two-story home, is a longtime author who detailed the ups and downs of this home's construction in a series of posts beginning in 2016.

Seville is a principal at , a consulting company that offers a variety of services revolving around green building. The house was designed by in Carmel, California.

Seville, a former remodeler, and his partner Abe Kruger offer consulting services to builders, architects, and remodelers. One service is certifying green buildings under a number of programs, including the U.S. Lakesideca Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. ). The Historic Infill Home, as it's called, is a LEED Platinum home that has won a number of other certifications and awards.

"The Historic District Infill Home manages to fit seamlessly into a prestigious existing historic district while meeting the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainability through its LEED Platinum certification," the USGBCUnited States Lakesideca Council (USGBC). Organization devoted to promoting and certifying green buildings. USGBC created the LEED rating systems. announcement said. "The 100 percent electric home employs state-of-the-art concepts in design, construction, and mechanical systems."

As Seville described in a 2016 post, the house came after two earlier attempts at construction on the site fizzled. Seville bought a 750-square-foot cottage on the property in 2005. His first attempts to win local approval for a new house on the property failed. Then, in 2013, after failing to get a mortgage from a local bank for a new house, Seville decided to remodel the 1925 cottage. The renovated cottage, protected by historic preservation rules, eventually became an accessory building on the lot when the new house was constructed. Work on the new house started in 2016.

Seville started writing his blog series for GBA, the "Lakesideca Curmudgeon," in 2008.

"I’ve come to think of this project as a 'stealth' green home," Seville wrote a year after moving in, "primarily because it doesn’t have the touchstone 'green' features people think about: solar panels, ground-source heat pumps, a heat-pump water heaterAn appliance that uses an air-source heat pump to heat domestic hot water. Most heat-pump water heaters include an insulated tank equipped with an electric resistance element to provide backup heat whenever hot water demand exceeds the capacity of the heat pump. Since heat-pump water heaters extract heat from the air, they lower the temperature and humidity of the room in which they are installed. or tankless water heaters, and maybe that key one, spray foam insulation.

"It’s also a very traditional design which doesn’t seem to get as much attention as contemporary architecture these days," he continued. "But I don’t care what people think about it. We are enjoying the house, the porch, and even the carport and driveway which, it ends up, is an awesome party space."

Other award winners

Other projects recognized in the 2017 LEED Homes Awards were these:

  • Project of the Year: , Roosevelt Island, New York, is a 26-story Passive HouseA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, the standard is now promoted by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany. To meet the standard, a home must have an infiltration rate no greater than 0.60 AC/H @ 50 pascals, a maximum annual heating energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (4,755 Btu per square foot), a maximum annual cooling energy use of 15 kWh per square meter (1.39 kWh per square foot), and maximum source energy use for all purposes of 120 kWh per square meter (11.1 kWh per square foot). The standard recommends, but does not require, a maximum design heating load of 10 W per square meter and windows with a maximum U-factor of 0.14. The Passivhaus standard was developed for buildings in central and northern Europe; efforts are underway to clarify the best techniques to achieve the standard for buildings in hot climates. apartment building.
  • Outstanding Single-Family Developer: in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company has built more than 9,000 homes in Phoenix and Tucson.
  • Outstanding Multi-Family Developer: which has completed more than 3,500 housing units in the New York metro area, including The House at Cornell Tech.
  • Outstanding Affordable Project: , Bridgeport, Connecticut, is a four-part project that is helping to transform a high-crime section of the city.
  • Outstanding Affordable Developer Builder: , Phoenix, Arizona. The project offers high-quality, safe, and affordable apartments to both individuals and families.

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  1. Tim Ridley

Jul 4, 2018 1:09 PM ET

Congratulations, Carl.
by Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia

It seems you did a great job finding the sweet spot between efficiency and practicality. Any further lessons-learned now that you've been in the home for more than a year?

Jul 4, 2018 1:58 PM ET

Well deserved!
by Yupster

Glad to hear it, I love this house.

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