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home remodeling project at 721 South Tracy
St, Bozeman MT took shape in the fall of 2009 after Ascent Home Builders
began scouting new Bozeman green building opportunities to combine sustainable
building principles, design creativity, and master construction techniques.
Ascent was able to locate an older, energy consuming home, 721 S. Tracy
Street, which is close to Bozeman schools and parks and just a few
blocks from downtown Bozeman.
This cutting-edge Bozeman design/build construction
firm's aim was to transform an existing home into a healthy, energy
efficient Bozeman green home that would be built to Bozeman's strict city
building codes, be inexpensive to operate, last longer, and require less
maintenance than Bozeman's typical new built home.
Builders considered not only the infrastructure of this house itself
but considered everything encompassing it, even how this Bozeman LEED
home and its future occupants would relate to the Bozeman
Ascent's green building
goals for this prime Bozeman
green building offering were a combination of
energy efficiency, resource conservation, and facilitating stellar indoor air
1) Northwest Energy Star
Certified – 40% more efficient than current building code requires.
2) Exterior rigid foam insulation wrapping, eliminating heat transfer
through wood and other surfaces, which cause energy-wasting “thermal bridging."
3) Use of high-performance Anderson Windows with a U factor
rating at or below .30, which is better than
Energy Star's minimum ratings. 4) Increased Wall and Attic Insulation
levels to reduce heating and cooling loads. 5) Blower Door Test performed
to properly seal air gaps, resulting in better heating and cooling efficiency,
helping to lower energy loading on the home's mechanical system.
6) High-efficiency heating and hot water systems, which reduce energy
consumption. 7) Energy Star certified kitchen appliances. 8) Compact
Fluorescent bulbs, which last longer and require less electricity than
Resource Conservation in Green
1) Use of advanced Framing
Techniques, reducing lumber, which increases wall cavities and insulation
2) Installation of Rain Screen Walls prior to applying siding
system, allowing air flow and moisture control on the building's exterior, and
creation of a drainage plane for interior condensation.
3) Recycling of
jobsite waste. 4) Use of long lasting, low maintenance, rot and mold
resistant cement fiber exterior siding. 5) Thorough use of engineered
lumber that uses wood fiber more efficiently than solid sawn lumber, and which
is fabricated from wood species that are actively regenerated.
6) Water-saving low flow toilets and plumbing fixtures. 7) Use of
sustainable, rapidly renewable materials like bamboo flooring and recycled glass
tiles. 8) Sourcing local building materials to reduce transportation,
consumption, and overseas shipping costs. 9) Reuse of existing walls and
foundations to reduce “new” material usage.
1) Proper home
ventilation, ensuring fresh air is cycled through the home. 2) Using
non- or low-VOC
adhesives and solvents, which release toxic gases. 3) Limited use of carpet
that collects dust, dander, and other chemicals. 4) Proper Sealing of the
home's thermal envelope, eliminating mold growth.
Green Remodeling vs. New Construction
1) Remodeling uses fewer
materials and requires less energy resources than does new construction,
capitalizing on the materials and energy that were invested in the original
home. 2) Remodeling protects undeveloped land, doesn’t disturb drainage patterns
or plant and animal communities, and doesn’t require new roads, sewer lines, and
costly infrastructure expenditures. 3) By being located in an existing
community, the home's proximity to schools, recreation, stores, and services
saves energy and money and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 4) Replacing
the older home with the newer, energy efficient version of the original home,
saves overall consumption and environmental impact.
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