Leed For Homes Project on 715 Kirk Road, Decatur Georgia

Hammertime Construction Inc. Earns Georgia's First LEED Platinum Certification for Home Renovation
Decatur Home Awarded the Highest LEED Certification for Green, Sustainable Homes
October 30, 2009-Decatur, Georgia
Hammertime Construction Inc, a local residential construction company offering a wide range of services, has achieved a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a home renovation located in the Winnona Park district of Decatur.  The LEED Platinum certification is the highest level credit the program offers and is the first-ever awarded in the state of Georgia for a home renovation.  Additionally, the home received an EarthCraft Premium certification and an Energy Star® certification.   
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings and homes. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
Doug and Yun Glasgow, who both work in the design and architectural trades, commissioned Decatur-based Hammertime Construction-a registered EarthCraft builder-to renovate their 1950's ranch-style bungalow into an environmentally friendly and energy efficient house that they and their two children could enjoy for many years to come. 
During the design phase, the Glasgows and the Hammertime building team-led by owner and founder, Alistair Herriot and project manager Matthew Orchard-decided to push the envelope beyond the EarthCraft home building program, and registered the renovation with the LEED for Homes program.  The project fell in to the relatively new Gut/Rehab category of the program, which involved keeping the existing structure intact while designing and creating an extremely air-tight and energy-efficient home.
Construction officially began in March 2009 with the careful dismantling of the existing interior.  All cabinets, trim, doors, light fixtures and appliances were donated for reuse elsewhere. All waste was ground down and recycled.
"When we first began the renovation, we estimated that the project would earn a LEED Silver certification," said Herriot, "But each time we met with the homeowners, we would brainstorm new ways to increase the overall efficiency of the home."  Sustainable features used in the home that contributed to the higher LEED accreditation include:
·       Rain water harvesting system for irrigation and landscape.
·       LED lighting.
·       Evacuated tube solar hot water system.
·       Triple glazed/Low-emissivity windows and doors.
·       Energy Star® rated appliances.
·       Low-VOC paints and sealers.
·       Icynene® spray foam insulation.
·       18 SEER dual speed high efficiency heating & cooling system equipped with de-humidification & humidification modes.
·       Energy recovery ventilator.
·       Urea-formaldehyde-free plywood, adhesives and cherry cabinets
·       100% recycled kitchen and bathroom countertops.
·       Trex decking containing 100% recycled content.
·       Solatube daylighting systems.
·       On-demand hot water in all bathrooms.
·       Installation of plumbing lines for future greywater system.
·       Local sourcing of all framing and wallboard materials to reduce carbon footprint.             
Fate also played its part in the project when a storm swept through the Decatur area and downed an 80-year-old oak tree and a hickory tree on the Glasgow's 1.8 acre wooded lot. Both were cut into sections and sent to a local mill where they were kiln-dried and milled. The oak was converted into the tongue and groove flooring of the basement and the hickory became the flooring in the laundry room and the ceiling of the screened porch.
The Glasgow's wanted to keep as much of the existing exterior features undisturbed as possible. With the exception of a new rear screen porch and deck, no further additions to the house were made and the footprint of the renovated house matches the original. 
The project was completed in October 2009, when the team from the Southface Energy Institute completed the final round of testing the performance of the house.  "Although I admit that the project was a challenge, the final results make all the hard work worthwhile," said Herriot.
In addition to receiving the LEED Platinum certification and the EarthCraft Premium certification, the renovation earned a Home Energy Rating Score of 53, meaning the energy usage and overall performance of the home is 47 percent more efficient than a similarly-sized home built to today's standard building codes.      
At the end of October, the Glasgow family moved back in to their home and is now enjoying their new energy efficient and environmentally friendly home.
About Hammertime Construction Inc
Hammertime Construction, Inc offers a wide range of residential construction services from remodeling to high-end new construction. Working closely with established local architects, we can create the room or home of your dreams. We are experienced in a wide range of architectural designs from contemporary and modern to craftsman or classical.  Additionally, we are certified green builders in partnership with the Southface Energy Institute through the EarthCraft and nationally recognized LEED for Homes programs. 
We pride ourselves in prompt and efficient service, keeping construction costs within your budget and creating a friendly and professional working environment.  For more information, please visit www.HammertimeAtlanta.com.
Media contact:
Ali Herriot
Hammertime Construction, Inc.
About LEED
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities.
Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.

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