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THE FIRST LEED SILVER CERTIFIED HOME IN PENNSYLVANIA
On March 20, 2008, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) honored studio26’s Demonstration Home with Pennsylvania’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. Our Demonstration Home is the result of genuine whole-house, integrated design where unique architectural, lighting/electrical, mechanical, and site planning blend seamlessly. Through sound collaboration between engineers and building scientists, studio26 homes has created a home that is not only sustainable and energy-efficient, but one that is also comfortable, healthy, and aesthetically appealing.
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Situated in the northwestern hills of the Lehigh Valley, our Demonstration Home compliments the existing neighborhood fabric while still maintaining its own distinct identity. Without compromising sustainable practices, its architectural design was initially conceived in response to the site its context, its topography, as well as its relationship to the sun and wind. Perhaps the greatest influence from an experiential standpoint was the sites spectacular views into the Parkland countryside. By appropriately addressing all of the unique site characteristics and recognizing that its relationship to the broadened landscape was paramount, we believe we were able to truly enhance the overall dwelling experience.
During the design process of our Demonstration Home, we worked with IBACOS, a leading building science consulting firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. As part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America program, studio26 and IBACOS co-planned the performance design standards and integrated systems for the home. From the beginning, it was our goal to exceed the minimum requirement of 40% whole-house energy savings relative to the Building America benchmark set forth by the DOE. During the construction process and upon its completion, the home was tested and third-party verified to perform at over 54% whole-house energy savings.
In addition to being a Building America qualified home, our Demonstration Home is also one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified homes in the nation by the US Green Building Council. Through the homes strong LEED-Silver rating, studio26 was able to design and build a home that is not only highly energy-efficient, but one that is also environmentally responsible, water efficient, and extremely healthy.
Through this collaborative effort, studio26 was able to design and build our Demonstration Home with whole-house energy savings of over 54% relative to the U.S. DOE’s Building America benchmark (which is essentially standard, code-required building practices).
Whole-house energy savings of over 54% relative to the Building America benchmark (essentially standard, code-required building practices)
Superior indoor air quality, IAQ, to help minimize commonly associated health problems including eye irritation, allergies, headaches, and respiratory problems
Water efficient strategies
Reduction of local, regional, and global impact on the environment and its resources
Lighting Control System
Energy Management Climate Control
Whole-House Distributed Audio
PC Media Server