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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.

RDG addressed indoor air quality, another of its chief concerns, by looking first to simple steps such as building a tight shell; sealing air vents, returns, and supplies during construction; and vacuuming the duct system before occupancy. “That comes with education and staying on our project managers and making sure our subs are properly [trained],” says Hill.

Other IAQ features include Honeywell fresh-air ventilators, MERV-13 filters, CARB-compliant MDF, and Sherwin-Williams low-VOC paint.

But even with efficiency, health, and comfort top-of-mind, the homes do boast an array of additional resource-saving specs. The company chose bamboo flooring for the living spaces, including on the numerous stairs to eliminate cumbersome and dust-generating vacuuming, and Green Label–certified Shaw carpet for the bedrooms. Bathrooms feature WaterSense-certified Sterling dual-flush toilets and Danze low-flow faucets.

Outside, shared driveways on the front side reduce paved space to lessen stormwater runoff; this move also prevents residents from parking cars there, preserving the exterior aesthetic and ensuring sidewalks aren’t blocked. RDG integrated native plants and reduced the amount of sod around the front and side of the units to eliminate the need for additional mechanical irrigation.

Each roof deck is outfitted with water and gas for homeowners to add an outdoor kitchen if desired. They feature a white TPO membrane from Versico to reflect radiant heat and about 200 square feet of Trex composite decking.

To keep prices near market rate in an area where green building isn’t in high demand yet, Redevelopment Group opted against pricier options like photovoltaics. Those decisions, combined with thoughtful details and styling, a close-in location, and a promise of efficiency paid off for the builder: five of the six homes have sold, including three prior to completion.

In addition to keeping costs down, RDG promotes green building principles by showing the client the benefits of essential expenses, such as added insulation. The builder’s design/build approach creates a natural discussion with the buyer about the motivation behind unfamiliar design and product choices, thereby allowing RDG to show clients the advantages of each feature.

That education falls right in line with Redevelopment Group’s commitment to this Indianapolis community, where for the past decade the company has been converting abandoned buildings and lots into housing, helping to improve livability and boost existing-home values. “We’ve tried to be an asset to the people in the neighborhood,” Hill notes.