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The homes CertainTeed WeatherBoards fibercement lap siding contains 50 fly ash from power plants. James Hardies HardiePanel fibercement Vertical Siding was used for the façade accents. CertainTeed 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com. James Hardie 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. The Energy Starrated Quaker Brighton Series windows include a lowE coating and argon gas fill. The casement and awning units which feature treated pine frames and aluminum cladding have a Ufactor of 0.34 an Rvalue of 2.94 and an SHGC of 0.25. 573.744.5211. www.quakerwindows.com.

New Heights

Sustainably designed townhomes help revitalize downtown Indianapolis.

New Heights

Sustainably designed townhomes help revitalize downtown Indianapolis.

  • Project Highland Stacks IndianapolisSize 4 units at 1600 square feet 1 unit at 2100 square feet 1 unit at 2250 square feetPrice 285000 to 350000Completed March 2009Certification NAHBGoldHERS Rating 68Builder Redevelopment Group IndianapolisArchitect Demerly Architects Indianapolis

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    Project Highland Stacks IndianapolisSize 4 units at 1600 square feet 1 unit at 2100 square feet 1 unit at 2250 square feetPrice 285000 to 350000Completed March 2009Certification NAHBGoldHERS Rating 68Builder Redevelopment Group IndianapolisArchitect Demerly Architects Indianapolis

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    PROJECT DETAILS
    Project: Highland Stacks, Indianapolis
    Size: 4 units at 1,600 square feet; 1 unit at 2,100 square feet; 1 unit at 2,250 square feet
    Price: $285,000 to $350,000
    Completed: March 2009
    Certification: NAHB-Gold
    HERS Rating: 68
    Builder: Redevelopment Group, Indianapolis
    Architect: Demerly Architects, Indianapolis

  • The homes CertainTeed WeatherBoards fibercement lap siding contains 50 fly ash from power plants. James Hardies HardiePanel fibercement Vertical Siding was used for the façade accents. CertainTeed 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com. James Hardie 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. The Energy Starrated Quaker Brighton Series windows include a lowE coating and argon gas fill. The casement and awning units which feature treated pine frames and aluminum cladding have a Ufactor of 0.34 an Rvalue of 2.94 and an SHGC of 0.25. 573.744.5211. www.quakerwindows.com.

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    The homes CertainTeed WeatherBoards fibercement lap siding contains 50 fly ash from power plants. James Hardies HardiePanel fibercement Vertical Siding was used for the façade accents. CertainTeed 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com. James Hardie 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. The Energy Starrated Quaker Brighton Series windows include a lowE coating and argon gas fill. The casement and awning units which feature treated pine frames and aluminum cladding have a Ufactor of 0.34 an Rvalue of 2.94 and an SHGC of 0.25. 573.744.5211. www.quakerwindows.com.

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    SIDING
    The homes CertainTeed WeatherBoards fibercement lap siding contains 50 fly ash from power plants. James Hardies HardiePanel fibercement Vertical Siding was used for the façade accents. CertainTeed; 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com. James Hardie; 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com.  

    WINDOWS
    The Energy Starrated Quaker Brighton Series windows include a lowE coating and argon gas fill. The casement and awning units which feature treated pine frames and aluminum cladding have a Ufactor of 0.34 an Rvalue of 2.94 and an SHGC of 0.25. 573.744.5211. www.quakerwindows.com.

  • All six units include Bosch Energy Starrated appliance packages. The Evolution 500 Series 20cubicfoot counterdepth sidebyside refrigeratorfreezer features the MultiFlow Shower Cooling System for optimum air circulation SuperCool and SuperFreeze to balance the temperatures between new and existing contents and a dooropen alarm. The 24inch Integra 300 Series dishwasher exceeds federal energy standards by 147. It includes SaniDry hygienic condensation drying flowthrough water heating a stainless steel tub adjustable upper rack and capacity for up to 14 place settings. 800.944.2904. www.boschappliances.com.

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    All six units include Bosch Energy Starrated appliance packages. The Evolution 500 Series 20cubicfoot counterdepth sidebyside refrigeratorfreezer features the MultiFlow Shower Cooling System for optimum air circulation SuperCool and SuperFreeze to balance the temperatures between new and existing contents and a dooropen alarm. The 24inch Integra 300 Series dishwasher exceeds federal energy standards by 147. It includes SaniDry hygienic condensation drying flowthrough water heating a stainless steel tub adjustable upper rack and capacity for up to 14 place settings. 800.944.2904. www.boschappliances.com.

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    APPLIANCES
    All six units include Bosch Energy Starrated appliance packages. The Evolution 500 Series 20-cubicf-oot counter-depth side-by-side refrigerator/freezer features the Multi-Flow Shower Cooling System for optimum air circulation, SuperCool and SuperFreeze to balance the temperatures between new and existing contents, and a door-open alarm. The 24-inch Integra 300 Series dishwasher exceeds federal energy standards by 147%. It includes SaniDry hygienic condensation drying, flow-through water heating, a stainless steel tub, adjustable upper rack, and capacity for up to 14 place settings. 800.944.2904. www.boschappliances.com.

  • Each of the roof decks includes Trex composite decking which is made with 50 recycled plastic and 50 recycled wood. 800.289.8739. www.trex.com.

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    Each of the roof decks includes Trex composite decking which is made with 50 recycled plastic and 50 recycled wood. 800.289.8739. www.trex.com.

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    ROOF DECK
    Each of the roof decks includes Trex composite decking which is made with 50% recycled plastic and 50% recycled wood. 800.289.8739. www.trex.com.

  • RDG specified SherwinWilliams ProGreen 200 paint for its durability and coverage. The lowVOC paint is Greenguardcertified and can be applied in occupied areas. It comes in flat lowsheen eggshell semigloss and primer. 800.474.3794. www.sherwinwilliams.com. NuWool WallSeal wallcavity insulation is made with 85 recycled paper provides an Rvalue of 3.8 per inch and is sprayedinplace to eliminate voids and air pockets. The insulation will not settle says the company and it is treated with borates for fire resistance and an EPAregistered fungicide for mold resistance. 800.748.0128. www.nuwool.com. Yanchi bamboo flooring from BuildDirect is made with Moso bamboo harvested five to six years after planting. The flooring qualifies for the European E1 standard an emissions regulation said to be stricter than California CARB requirements. The flooring is offered in strandwoven and engineered versions in a range of colors. 877.631.2845. www.yanchiflooring.com.

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    RDG specified SherwinWilliams ProGreen 200 paint for its durability and coverage. The lowVOC paint is Greenguardcertified and can be applied in occupied areas. It comes in flat lowsheen eggshell semigloss and primer. 800.474.3794. www.sherwinwilliams.com. NuWool WallSeal wallcavity insulation is made with 85 recycled paper provides an Rvalue of 3.8 per inch and is sprayedinplace to eliminate voids and air pockets. The insulation will not settle says the company and it is treated with borates for fire resistance and an EPAregistered fungicide for mold resistance. 800.748.0128. www.nuwool.com. Yanchi bamboo flooring from BuildDirect is made with Moso bamboo harvested five to six years after planting. The flooring qualifies for the European E1 standard an emissions regulation said to be stricter than California CARB requirements. The flooring is offered in strandwoven and engineered versions in a range of colors. 877.631.2845. www.yanchiflooring.com.

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    PAINT
    RDG specified Sherwin-Williams' ProGreen 200 paint for its durability and coverage. The low-VOC paint is Greenguard-certified and can be applied in occupied areas. It comes in flat, low-sheen, eggshell, semi-gloss, and primer. 800.474.3794. www.sherwinwilliams.com.

    INSULATION
    Nu-Wool WallSeal wall-cavity insulation is made with 85% recycled paper provides an R_value of 3.8 per inch and is sprayed-in-place to eliminate voids and air pockets. The insulation will not settle says the company and it is treated with borates for fire resistance and an EPA-registered fungicide for mold resistance. 800.748.0128. www.nuwool.com.

     FLOORING
    Yanchi bamboo flooring from BuildDirect is made with Moso bamboo harvested five to six years after planting. The flooring qualifies for the European E1 standard an emissions regulation said to be stricter than California CARB requirements. The flooring is offered in strandwoven and engineered versions in a range of colors. 877.631.2845. www.yanchiflooring.com.

  • Sterlings Karsten dualflush toilet offers 0.8 gpf for liquid waste or 1.6 gpf for solid waste which the company estimates can save a family of four up to 24000 gallons of water a year. The WaterSenselabeled toilet boasts a minimalist design and is available in roundfront or elongated versions. 800.783.7546. www.sterlingplumbing.com. WaterSensecertified Danzes Parma singlehole lavatory faucet offers a 1.5gpm flow rate. The contemporarystyle singlehandle fixture features a ceramicdisc valve and is available in chrome or brushed nickel. 888.328.2383. www.danze.com.

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    Sterlings Karsten dualflush toilet offers 0.8 gpf for liquid waste or 1.6 gpf for solid waste which the company estimates can save a family of four up to 24000 gallons of water a year. The WaterSenselabeled toilet boasts a minimalist design and is available in roundfront or elongated versions. 800.783.7546. www.sterlingplumbing.com. WaterSensecertified Danzes Parma singlehole lavatory faucet offers a 1.5gpm flow rate. The contemporarystyle singlehandle fixture features a ceramicdisc valve and is available in chrome or brushed nickel. 888.328.2383. www.danze.com.

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    TOILET
    Sterlings Karsten dual-flush toilet offers 0.8 gpf for liquid waste or 1.6 gpf for solid waste, which the company estimates can save a family of four up to 24,000 gallons of water a year. The WaterSense-labeled toilet boasts a minimalist design and is available in round-front or elongated versions. 800.783.7546. www.sterlingplumbing.com.

    BATH FAUCETS
     WaterSense-certified Danze's Parma singlehole lavatory faucet offers a 1.5-gpm flow rate. The contemporary-style single-handle fixture features a ceramic-disc valve and is available in chrome or brushed nickel. 888.328.2383. www.danze.com.

Long before the Holy Cross neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis became a hot spot for community renewal a few years ago, Redevelopment Group (RDG) was converting abandoned infill lots into single-family homes. And long before sustainability became the buzzword of the building industry, the builder was implementing practices and products designed to achieve efficient, healthy homes.

Still, Highland Stacks, completed last spring, was a departure from RDG’s previous projects in the area: The three-story row-style condominiums are the company’s only multifamily project and were its first homes certified under the NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines, reaching Gold level.

Built on an abandoned lot, the six attached houses are 11 blocks from Indianapolis’ center—the landmark Monument Circle—and are within walking distance of restaurants and retail. The rowhomes provide a structural transition between the community’s larger industrial buildings and its single-family homes, while their exterior design—a modern aesthetic softened by natural-feeling textures such as painted lap siding and slatted-wood entry surrounds—helps balance the contrasting styles of stark commercial structures and traditional bungalows.

The interiors also lend a more contemporary feel than is typical of this Midwestern city. It “[pushes] the boundaries without overstepping them,” Micah Hill, manager of operations, says of the style choices inside and outside the units.

Also unique for that area was the parcel’s topography—a 17-foot elevation rise from front to back in an area dominated by flat streetscapes. To address the challenge, RDG moved away from its usual detached-garage designs, opting instead to position the garages/entryways on the ground level off the street, while the main living areas on the second floor walk out onto a shared rear courtyard created by the building’s L shape. Third-floor bedrooms lead to roof decks with skyline views.

From a sustainability perspective, efficiency was the firm’s top concern. “I’m all for recycled materials, I’m all for using locally sourced things, but in the end it’s about [the fact that] this home is going to be around for 100 years, so let’s make sure it performs well,” says Hill. “Eighty-five percent of what green is, in my opinion, is energy efficiency.”

As with previous projects, RDG utilized advanced engineered framing, insulated with Nu-Wool cellulose and supplemented in hard-to-reach areas by a soy-based spray foam. Headers were moved out of the wall cavity into the rim joist area and sprayed with foam, eliminating an uninsulated area above windows. For easier access, insulation subs came out prior to the installation of ducts, which are located in conditioned space.

Redevelopment chose Huber’s ZIP system sheathing because the material’s integrated weather barrier reduces labor and ensures proper installation, Hill says, a plus for the high third floor in particular.

Among the units’ efficiency-boosting products are wood-framed, Energy Star–rated Quaker windows with low-E glass and argon gas fill, 92% efficient zoned Carrier gas furnaces, and Energy Star–labeled Bosch kitchen appliances.