ACHIEVED GOLD LEVEL CERTIFICATION
3 Baywood has achieved gold level certification under the USGBC’s LEED-for-Homes Program. Additionally, this home has achieved Gold Certification under the NAHB’s Green Building Certification program. This is the first home in Massachusetts to achieve this level of certification.
This new house is built using modern green building standards. The project’s goals include LEED- Gold certification, NAHB Green Building – Certified Gold, and Energy Star Certified. Few homes on Cape Cod have been certified under these programs; in fact, this is the first LEED-certified home in Orleans, MA under the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program!
Kitchen cabinets furnished by Kitchenport were manufactured by Candlelight Cabinetry. These cabinets are certified green under the KMCA’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) and feature low-formaldehyde plywood. The electrical system includes Energy Star lighting fixtures and bath fans, low consumption lighting including LED fixtures. All interior paints used are Benjamin Moore low-VOC paints. Counter tops include EnviroGlas recycled glass counter tops for bath vanities. Flooring includes cork and bamboo green flooring products.
Cape Cod Insulation provided an air-sealing and insulation package that includes Demilec’s. Agribalance Spray Foam insulation for the exterior walls and roof. The expansive, air-sealing nature of the spray foam helps create a draft-free exterior. The spray-foam filled the entire 5-1/2″ stud cavity. Additionally, 3/4″ of foil-faced high-R rigid insulation board was used over the inside face of the exterior wall studs for additional insulation value and as a thermal break.
When planning-out which of the different green building categories to score points, framing (exterior and interior walls) in FSC-certified lumber was both cost-effective and a decision that “felt right”. Our partner, Shepley Wood Products was able to deliver FSC product at a very small premium to traditionally harvested framing lumber.
Efficient framing methods were employed for additional points. Window and door headers have been insulated to eliminate a common point for thermal bridging. Though not currently recognized by the USGBC, the floor framing utilized SFI-certified engineered lumber.
Consideration was given in planning the site and location of the house, driveway and septic system to leave 40% of the site undisturbed. This became a bit of a challenge when planning for two solar systems (and needing very little-to-no shading on the panels.