Name: The Lusche Residence, Auburn, Ala. Size: 4,200 square feet Construction Cost: $188 per square foot Completed: January 2009 Certifications: Green EnergyKey, Energy Star HERS Rating: 61 Architect: Hinson Dagg Architects, Auburn Builder: Stewart Construction Co., Auburn
ROOF Light-colored Union Corrugating Advantage-Lok galvanized metal on the lower roof and white composition shingles from Atlas Roofing on the upper act as radiant barriers to keep the house cool even during scorching southern summers. Union Corrugating: 888.685.7663. www.unioncorrugating.com. Atlas Roofing: 800.478.0258. www.atlasroofing.com. WINDOWS Deep roof overhangs and low-E double-glazed aluminum-clad Lincoln Windows helped yield a 25% load reduction on the HVAC system, Hinson says. The Energy Star-rated windows have an average solar heat gain coefficient of 0.29 and an average U-factor of 0.36. 715.536.2461. www.lincolnwindows.com. SIDING To deflect heat and to mimic the look of nearby wood-sided barns and outbuildings, the architects speced white HardiePlank fiber-cement lap siding with the new HardieZone system that provides climate-specific performance attributes based on a projects location. For the stone accents, they chose Owens Cornings Cultured Stone, which contains 35% recycled pre-consumer waste and is certified to Greenguards Children & Schools standard. James Hardie: 888.542.7343. www.jameshardie.com. Owens Corning: 800.255.1727. www.culturedstone.com.
LANDSCAPING Heavy tree cover from red oaks, white oaks, and dogwoods help to keep the house naturally cool. The landscaping, which is more than 50% shaded, includes a rain garden on the north side to capture runoff from the courtyard. In addition, the 300-foot-long driveway is made of pervious gravel instead of pavement.
INTERIORS Hinson and Dagg kept interiors clean and simple, opting for red oak floors and painted MDF trim. Benjamin Moores low-VOC Aura interior paint features the companys ColorLock technology, which allows the paint to cover most surfaces in one coat, and never more than two coats, says the firm. It has been certified to Greenguard standards for Low Emitting Products and for Children & Schools. It is available in matte, eggshell, and satin finishes. 800.344.0400. www.myaurapaint.com. KITCHEN The kitchen includes a low-flow Grohe faucet and an Energy Starrated Bosch dishwasher with sensors that determine a loads soil level and delete fresh water fills if theyre not needed, cutting energy usage by up to 20%, the company says. Grohe: 630.582.7711. www.groheamerica.com. Bosch: 800.944.2904. www.bosch-home.com/us.
BATH FIXTURES Aquabrass low-flow showerheads and Kohler WaterSense-labeled toilets help conserve water. The 1.28-gpf Cimmaron units feature the companys Class Five flushing technology and will provide water savings of up to 16,500 gallons a year each compared to a traditional toilet, the maker says. Aquabrass: 514.381.4141. www.aquabrass.com. Kohler: 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.
WATER HEATERS Installed in the garage, the homes two 50-gallon Marathon electric water heaters boast an Energy Factor of 0.94. The units 2 1/2-inch-thick CFC- and HCFC-free Envirofoam insulation minimizes heat loss and the non-metallic inner tank of seamless blow-molded polybutylene and the filament-wound fiberglass outer tank provide maximum strength and long-lasting durability, the company says. 800.321.6718. www.marathonheaters.com.