Townhomes on Vine

Townhomes on Vine Green Insight Projects

Townhomes on Vine

751 Greenfields Dr Unit 3, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Project Details:

This is a LEED® for Homes Gold registered project consisting of 49 market-rate townhomes. This is the first of two phases of development for this property. Phase 2 will consist of detached single-family homes.

Included in Green Insight’s scope of work was LEED for Homes credit verification, testing during construction and QAD review, energy efficiency recommendations, building material assessments, review of construction documents, specifications, and review of project submittals.

  • Fort Collins, CO
  • LEED Gold registered
  • Developer – Old Town Construction, Inc.
  • Contractor – Old Town Construction, Inc.
  • Developer Contact – Ceri Jones, 970-567-9717

Challenges:

Fort Collins, Colorado residential code is very strict and by itself gets all homes in its jurisdiction fairly close to LEED for Homes certification. A few modifications were made to the project to meet LEED prerequisites at a low additional cost. The main challenge, as is often the case with a developer’s and/or contractor’s first certification, was unfamiliarity with the program requirements. It can take some time for a project team to adjust to the new requirements, especially if the contractor isn’t used to providing product submittals and scheduling the extra inspections.

Solutions:

It took a few inspections for everyone to get comfortable with the requirements, but the Green Insight field staff was able to coach the contractor through it, and by the end of construction the LEED requirements were an integrated part of their procedures. Green Insight also introduced the project team to our Project Insight™ online platform for documenting compliance with all the LEED prerequisites and credits.

We are now set up for a much easier, more streamlined process to certify Phase 2.

RESULTS:

  • LEED Gold registered
  • All townhomes were pre-sold

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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Certifications

Villa Alegre Apartments

Villa Alegre Apartments 2 Green Insight Projects

Villa Alegre Apartments 1 Green Insight Projects

Villa Alegre Apartments

244 Villa Alegre St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Project Details:

Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority completed the first 111 affordable LEED® for Homes units in the Santa Fe area: Villa Alegre Phase 1 and 2. The project broke ground in June of 2010 and achieved LEED Platinum certification in November of 2011. The project is a single-family attached (townhouse) project consisting of 44 one- and two-story buildings that have between two and six units in each building. Phase one of the project consists of 60 family units plus a community center; phase two consists of 50 senior housing units, one caretakers’ unit, and a community center.

Included in Green Insight’s scope of work were Enterprise Green Communities, LEED for Homes credit verification, testing during construction and QAD review, energy efficiency recommendations, building material assessments, review of construction documents, specifications, and project submittals.

Challenges:

The overarching goal was to create a sustainable project that had the smallest environmental footprint possible. This was more difficult than one might think because so many community members had their own ideas on what was sustainable. One also has to keep in mind that Santa Fe is a fragile high desert environment with less than 12 inches of rain a year. By the end of our design charrettes, we determined that focusing on energy and water efficiency would achieve our goals on multiple different levels and make the most appropriate use of the grant money obtained.

Garnering public support for this project was an essential success. We wanted to develop quality constructed units (especially within the Low-Income Housing standard) and maximize housing opportunities in the Santa Fe historic downtown area. The City of Santa Fe requires a neighborhood meeting (referred to as “Early Neighborhood Notification”) when a development has a certain magnitude, such as our Villa Alegre. We ended up having not just one required meeting, but several, to really listen to neighbors and respond to their input. We advised the project team on how to achieve their green building goals, facilitated charrettes, and participated in City of Santa Fe oversight meetings that included the Mayor, City Council Members, City Employees, and others.

Solutions:

The project focuses heavily on reducing energy use by incorporating a geothermal exchange system with ground source heat pumps and a 240-kilowatt photovoltaic system. The units also feature ENERGY STAR windows, high-efficiency lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, and high-density, blown insulation. Other energy efficiency upgrades include instantaneous water heaters, programmable thermostats, high-efficiency furnaces, and air conditioners, and mechanical ventilation to enhance indoor air quality. As a result of incorporating energy-saving products and technologies, all the units in this project achieved a 32 or better Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index score and will be ENERGY STAR qualified.

RESULTS:

  • LEED Platinum Certified
  • Renters have no utility bill
  • NM Sustainable Building Tax Credit Phase 1 of $523,848.00 & Phase 2 $365,579.00
  • Rehabilitated area of downtown Santa Fe
  • Most units exceeded the 2030 Challenge
  • “After reviewing the ARRA grant requirements and modifications made by the development team, we found value in LEED certification as it related to transforming our plans into the greenest and most sustainable project possible within our budget. LEED gave us better plans, better processes and better quality at minimal additional costs to the project,” said Ed Romero, Executive Director of the housing authority.

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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Certifications

Bosque Residence

Bosque Residence Green Insight Projects

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Bosque Residence

Albuquerque, NM

Project Details:

This site-specific climate-driven design approach for this LEED® for Homes project demonstrates how sustainable design can be glamorous.

Green Insight’s scope of work included working with the contractor before design started to identify cost-effective design solutions, LEED for Homes credit verification and testing during construction, extensive energy modeling to determine Net-Zero electric, building material assessments, review of specifications, construction documents, and project submittals.

Challenges:

Meeting high client expectations for a glamorously green LEED home nestled into the river ecosystem in New Mexico.

Solutions:

Highly insulated envelope, all-electric heating and cooling system powered by a 7 kW photovoltaic system to achieve net-zero electric. The home was built of non-toxic and recycled building materials with a balanced ventilation system. All rainwater was captured from the use and directed into a cistern for landscape use.

RESULTS:

  • LEED Gold Certified
  • NM Sustainable Building Tax Credit of $30,685.00
  • Federal 45L Tax Credit of $2000.00
  • The design of this home is estimated to result in an annual reduction of 96,818 lbs of CO2e greenhouse gases a year and reduce the homeowners’ energy cost by $4,119.00 a year

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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You can stop dealing with the pain of code compliance and green building programs. And instead, work with an expert team that will help you achieve your green building goals. Get in touch with us so we can start a fast and easy project assessment followed by a free quote.

Certifications

WJ Ranch

WJ Ranch Green Insight Projects

WJ Ranch

Aspen, CO

Project Details:

WJ Ranch reinterprets the Aspen housing market by creating a mountain retreat that is sustainable as well as luxurious and was featured in Green Builder Magazine as the “Aspen Vision House 2009”.

Green Insight’s scope of work included working with the contractor to build complex energy models, LEED® for Homes credit verification and testing during construction, building material assessments, review of specifications, construction documents, and project submittals.

  • Aspen, CO
  • LEED Gold certified
  • Developer – Paradigm Construction
  • Contractor – Paradigm Construction
  • Developer Contact – Gerry Hazelbaker 505-401-8050

Challenges:

Luxury homes have a significant influence on our natural resources, energy, and water usage building these homes green can have a considerable impact on our environment. The size of the home affected not only resource use but also the level of LEED certification.

Solutions:

• Highly insulated envelope with a radiant heating and cooling system with geothermal wells, solar thermal for domestic water heating, 2.5 kW photovoltaic system
• Regionally appropriate green building materials and systems
• An integrated system for tracking gas and electrical consumption was incorporated to allow for ongoing performance monitoring.

RESULTS:

  • Reduced Green House Gas Emissions by an average of 64.2% reductions included CO2 33.6 tons/yr, SO2 82.8 tons/yr and NOx 102 tons/yr. Project achieved a HERS index of 32.

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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You can stop dealing with the pain of code compliance and green building programs. And instead, work with an expert team that will help you achieve your green building goals. Get in touch with us so we can start a fast and easy project assessment followed by a free quote.

Certifications

Zuni Housing Authority

Zuni Housing Authority in Black Rock Green Insight Projects

Zuni Housing Authority LIHTC 1

96 D Avenue Blackrock, Zuni, NM 87327

Project Details:

This project is a gut rehab of 37 single-family attached homes spread out in 12 buildings, owned by the Zuni Housing Authority in Black Rock, New Mexico. This Native American tribal housing entity owns and maintains many homes for tribal members in this small rural community. This was the first of multiple rehabs and new construction projects which they have certified in the LEED for Homes program.

  • Blackrock, NM (Zuni Publeo)
  • LEED Silver certified
  • Developer – Zuni Housing Authority
  • Contractor – Zuni Construction Services
  • Developer Contact – Donovan Natachu, Stan Woody

Challenges:

Both the developer and the builder are tribal entities who have long since done things using methods and designs that work well for them. The LEED for Homes rating system brought in many new concepts for the developer and primarily local and native construction teams which were foreign. From Energy Ratings and their associated performance testing, thermal bypass air sealing requirements, to outdoor water credits in a national rating system that are not a good fit for the local climate, the team faced repeated and significant challenges to the way they had typically operated, while staying committed to the goal of meeting their certification requirements. Various initial units had failed items that required correction, from thermal bypass issues at bay windows to whole-home bath fan ventilation control issues.

Solutions:

Green Insight worked closely with the architect and Zuni Housing Authority to educate the team on the building challenges that most often cause problems in the LEED for Homes rating system before building began. A substantial effort to train various team members onsite on effective air sealing technics was a key part of their successful blower door results. Participating in monthly and sometimes weekly project team calls helped Green Insight to be able to anticipate required inspections, making sure not to miss any. This extra was essential in keeping the project on track. The Zuni Construction Services team was very responsive and because of their full buy-in to the program, overcame failures with timely fixes and flexible solutions, including bath fan and switch changes after initial installation.

RESULTS:

  • LEED for Homes Silver Certification, HERS 68-78

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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Certifications

Silverman “Linger Longer”

Silverman Green Insight Projects

Silverman “Linger Longer”

Cayman Islands

Project Details:

Celebrating traditional Caymanian architecture with a modern twist and emphasis on sustainability, the homeowners’ passion for fishing, cooking, and entertaining are exemplified throughout their home.

After a great day of fishing, the boat is tied up and the day’s catch is dressed at the cleaning station on the dock. Dinner is prepared in the stylish indoor kitchen, while fish grills outside. The doors in the central living space are open allowing friends and family to mingle inside and out while enjoying views of the canal over the unbroken line of an infinity-edge pool.

Practical sustainability is fundamental to the design of this home. The objective was to create a simple and cost-effective building envelope so resources could be invested in interior finishes, sustainability, and entertainment features. Infrastructure for future enhancements, including PV and atmospheric water harvesting, were planned and implemented. This home demonstrates that a stylish and sustainable custom home can be cost-effective and realize the Caymanian lifestyle.

  • Cayman Islands

Challenges:

The beautiful part about this project was there were no real challenges. We were able to use assemblies, systems, and strategies that we used on numerous houses in the Caymans.

Solutions:

• HERS Index of 42 (this home uses 58% less energy than a standard house)
• Over 19,000-gallon cistern provides all water for landscaping and flushing toilets and can provide an emergency water supply during a hurricane
• Materials are all low VOC which contributes to good indoor air quality
• The HVAC system uses MERV 13 filters (the highest rating typically used in residential construction)
• Overhangs on the south side provide shaded outdoor space and block summer sun, helping to reduce cooling needs
• A Trades Training kicked off construction to educate the Owner, Contractor, and Subcontractors about LEED and building science
• LED lighting throughout
• Future 7.8 kW PV array will allow the house to operate at electric net zero
• Unique design to use natural air movements to enhance cooling and reduce energy use

RESULTS:

  • LEED Gold Certified
  • 2017 Cayman Islands Governor’s Award
  • 2018 LEED Homes Project of the Year finalist
  • Reduction of Carbon Dioxide – 6.7 tons/year
  • Reduction of Sulfur Dioxide – 24.7 lbs/year
  • Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides – 11.5 lbs/year

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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Certifications

Lindsey “Crystal Harbour”

Lindsay Green Insight Projects

Lindsey “Crystal Harbour”

Cayman Islands

Project Details:

Crystal Harbour embodies the modern Caymanian lifestyle with a minimal environmental impact. The homeowners wanted a design to provide privacy from neighboring properties while capturing views of Governor’s Harbor and embracing their love of the outdoors. A high-performance sustainable home was of equal importance. Inspired by the maritime history of the Cayman Islands, the architecture embraces a nautical theme. From the private dock, the building presents its bold architectural stylings and welcomes visitors inside through richly landscaped gardens. Inside, the clean, contemporary lines of the structure are complemented by the colorful playfulness of finishes and furnishings. The result is a stunningly beautiful home that uses significantly less water than an average home and goes beyond Net-Zero by generating more electricity than it consumes.

  • Cayman Islands

Challenges:

The biggest challenges on this site were also some of the greatest amenities. The predominant NNE breeze sometimes turns into gale-force winds that held the potential to cool the human occupants or blow them away. A design that basically had two houses in one where part of the house was used year-round and the other part was used 4 months of the year. This makes trying to develop an accurate energy model for net-zero very challenging.

Solutions:

• HERS Index score of -13 (This means the home uses 113% less energy than a traditional home and produces more energy than it uses)
• 22,600-gallon cistern that harvests 100% of the rainwater that falls on the roof and provides irrigation for all landscaping
• Orientation to block undesirable winds
• Overhangs to provide shade for outdoor living spaces, reduce heat gain and lessen the need for cooling
• Hidden, 22 kW photovoltaic array to offset electrical costs
• Electric car charging station powered by PV
• Vegetated, cellular paving increases permeability and reduces resource use
• Emphasis on recycled, renewable, and non-toxic materials
• Motorized shades controlled by photocells to reduce solar heat gain

RESULTS:

  • LEED Silver Certified
  • 2017 Cayman Islands Governor’s Award Runner Up
  • Net Zero Electric
  • Reduction of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – 28.5 tons/year
  • Reduction of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) – 104.2 lbs/year
  • Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) – 49.1 lbs/year

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

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You can stop dealing with the pain of code compliance and green building programs. And instead, work with an expert team that will help you achieve your green building goals. Get in touch with us so we can start a fast and easy project assessment followed by a free quote.

Certifications

Periwinkle

Periwinkle Housing Development Green Insight Projects

Periwinkle housing development

Grand Harbour, Cayman Islands

Project Details:

Periwinkle is a housing development that will connect people to one another and their environment, to establish a genuine sense of place. The Periwinkle design team has combined all the fantastic attributes of living in the Cayman Islands, with the principles of new urbanism. This includes a strong focus on a thriving community, sustainable living, and enjoying Cayman’s world-class waterfront living.

Periwinkle is in an amazing location, close to Grand Harbour, within walking distance to shops and restaurants, and a short drive to George Town and 7 Mile Beach. The outstanding amenities combined with the beautiful architectural and interior design options will make Periwinkle one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Cayman. “Community” is at the heart of the development, and this is epitomized by the LEED sustainability certification that will be the first of its kind on this scale, in the Cayman Islands.

For many of us, living more sustainably is attractive but often seems a little out of our reach. Periwinkle will be the first community to be LEED-certified in Cayman, the pinnacle of green accreditations. At its simplest, this means a significant saving on monthly bills, as each home has energy efficiency built into its core. Solar power will be the main source of energy for homes, street, and dock lighting and Periwinkle kitchens will be powered by natural gas and fitted with appliances that have the highest energy efficiency ratings.

Being part of a LEED-certified community is more than energy-saving however – it means an incredible amount of thought has gone into the entire building process, positively impacting the home environment, and reducing the effects we have on the local environment. Building and landscaping materials used in LEED-certified homes and the community amenities are free from toxins and chemicals, limiting the impacts on the environment in the past and in the future. A LEED home also has superior air quality, ensuring Periwinkle families are surrounded by a healthy living atmosphere and environment.

  • Grand Harbour, Cayman Islands

Challenges:

Effects we have on the local environment. Building and landscaping materials used in LEED-certified homes and the

Solutions:

• Solar-powered homes and streetlights
• Gas appliances
• Locally sourced landscaping
• Farm to table market program
• Toxin-free building materials
• Significantly reduced household bills, to approximately $150 per month
• Clean air that reduces allergens and promotes wellbeing inside the home
• Conserving the local environment and protecting it for the future
• Green spaces for shared enjoyment

RESULTS:

  • LEED Gold Certified
  • Owners in Phase 1 are seeing monthly energy bills as low as $150 per month

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

Improve your green building performance

You can stop dealing with the pain of code compliance and green building programs. And instead, work with an expert team that will help you achieve your green building goals. Get in touch with us so we can start a fast and easy project assessment followed by a free quote.

Certifications

Belle Verde

Bella Verde

West Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Project Details:

This Contemporary home, located in West Bay, Grand Cayman, showcases the integration of sustainable building techniques, products, and systems optimized for a hot and humid climate. The project utilizes site-specific and climate-driven solutions for solving key green building challenges on an island where energy is expensive, water resources are limited and building products are imported. The design reinterprets traditional Caribbean vernacular to incorporate today’s family lifestyles, technologies, and products appropriate for a custom home in a high-end resort setting. The project illuminates the potential of a home that meets the desires, needs, and expectations of its inhabitants while being energy-efficient, durable, and cost-effective.

  • West Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Challenges:

This was the first LEED project and for that matter aggressively energy-efficient project on the island. The was the first time local mechanical engineers were being challenged on equipment sizing and the local government learning about the low-impact results of a LEED for Homes Project

RESULTS:

  • LEED Gold Certified – First project in the Caribbean certified under the LEED for Homes programCayman Islands Governor’s Award for Sustainability 2015

What our clients are saying

“Green Insight is always available on-site and in real-time. Their ability to turn things around and keep a project on track distinguishes GI from competitors. They are also creative and willing to roll with the punches. In my world, things don’t always work out perfectly but the team at Green Insight is always open to finding creative solutions to figure out the most timely, cost-efficient way to resolve issues.”

Casey Cameron

Casey Cameron
Project Manager, Pavilion Construction

“Green Insight’s team is responsive, available, and provides a tremendous sense of security. We recently had a project where the goalposts changed quickly and often during the approval process. We were able to get our project approved, but I honestly don’t know how that would have gone if we didn’t have the backup and knowledge that Green Insight provided.”

Chris Beabout
Director of Development, Landmark Homes

“When it comes to green energy consultants, Green Insight takes the stress away like no other. They bring an unbeatable combination of value-engineering, industry knowledge, and out-of-the-box creativity for solutions that work. What I value most about working with Green Insight is the relationship – which is more like a partnership that has been one of the key drivers in our success. They take the stress away. And frankly, this has been the best relationship that I’ve had with somebody in this business.”

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones
Owner, Trailhead Homes

Improve your green building performance

You can stop dealing with the pain of code compliance and green building programs. And instead, work with an expert team that will help you achieve your green building goals. Get in touch with us so we can start a fast and easy project assessment followed by a free quote.

Certifications

Lukachukai Community Schools Dormitory

Lukachukai Community Schools Dormitory Green Insight Projects

Lukachukai Community Schools Dormitory

Navajo Route 13, Lukachukai, AZ 86507

Project Details:

This project is a dormitory on the new campus that Lukachukai Community Schools are building in Lukachukai AZ and is currently under construction. Located in heart of the Navajo Nation, the new dormitory consists of approximately 13000 sqft. dormitory with 12 two-bedroom/ four occupants dormitory suites. The building has various common spaces including a large activity room, common living room, offices, and a common kitchen.

Challenges:

This is another project in a remote location, which always presents challenges. Additionally, on the same site, they are concurrently building a new school and 29 single-family attached and detached homes for future teachers which are certified LEED for Homes. While both aspects of the project are with the same developer and construction team, there are different specific team members assigned to the dorms and others to the residences. Furthermore, the dorm is certified under LEED for Homes V4 while the residences are using LEED for Homes Residential-Single Family 4.1.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs required the teachers to have fire protection within the attic space. So, they initially were thinking the thermal boundary would extend to the roof deck and have an unvented attic. This prompted the ENERGY STAR requirement that the homes meet IRC 2018 requirements for unvented attics. Well, NFPA 2018 guidelines required attic ventilation and did not recognize unvented attics. So, they had to install a roof ridge vent and soffit vents. This would greatly interfere with the air sealing capabilities of the attic space and reduce the effectiveness of the insulation on the roof.

Solutions:

The remote distance requires us to do pre-inspections via video calls and maintain tight coordination with the onsite team to prevent undue costs for unnecessary travel to and from the site. Participating in periodic weekly and monthly team calls is helpful as well.

Navigating two distinct rating systems on these concurrent projects is a challenge for even our experienced in-house team and creates a vast potential for mistakes from the onsite team. Efforts to constantly point out the differences in rating system credits from one portion of the project to another is essential, it’s very easy for a sub who works on the dorms and then moves to the residences to assume that the dorm was LEED for Homes, so this must be how we do that in the residences, which will not always be the case.

Move insulation to ceiling sheetrock, so the attic can vent properly and be in compliance with NFPA 2018. Also, insulation will maintain its effect R-value. This would also move the air and thermal boundary to the ceiling which would reduce the infiltration rate of the home and make air sealing much easier for the trades. We also recommended blown insulation so the attic space would be effectively insulated since it would be interwoven with ductwork, plumbing, and fire suppression piping.

RESULTS:

  • LEED for Homes V4 Gold Certification targeted, HERS score in the low 60’s

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