Single-family homes are increasingly adopting sustainable building features. One such example is The Artec Group's Casa Verde project in Redington Shores, Fla.
This contemporary home, designed in the minimalist style, is built on a framing system constructed of recycled structural steel and concrete, and features an exterior built of EIFS (exterior insulated finish system). As a result, the structure is hurricane-, earthquake- and fire-resistant.
In addition to its LEED-Platinum rating, the project earned the highest sustainability ratings possible from the National Association of Home Builders and the Florida Green Building Coalition.
The residence is able to produce roughly 10,000 watts of solar power annually via its photovoltaic net metered system. Other sustainable features include Energy Star appliances; LED lighting for interior and exterior uses; a hybrid water heating system, which can be twice as efficient as conventional systems; and low-flow plumbing valves and fixtures.
The home also includes a high-efficiency, humidity-controlled air-comfort system and a citric whole house water system with additional redundant drinking water filtration systems.
Additionally, Casa Verde requires no potable drinking water for irrigation.
Owner/Contractor: The Artec Group, Madeira Beach, Fla.
Designer: Hayes-Cumming-Benson Architects, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Structural Engineer: Kerns-Whitehouse & Associates, Tampa
Submitted by The Artec Group