What is Building Green?
Building green is green construction. It’s sustainable building following a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. Building green is the way that Homeport builds all of our homes; we do this in order to give our buyers healthier, happier and more sustainable homes and lives. For Homeport, building green is a business model that is considered throughout a home’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. Some typical examples of how Homeport greens it’s homes are the use of cellulose insulation which is a recycled product and increases a home’s efficiency; building in existing neighborhoods with in place infrastructure to reduce sprawl and encourage a vibrant city; and, rehabbing rather than tearing down a structure where possible to preserve resources and character.
Almost all Homeport homes are designed to meet the Franklin County & City of Columbus AWARE standards. Homes designed to meet AWARE standards offer sustainable, accessible living and provide homebuyers a healthier way of life with the option to age in place. AWARE homes include features such as:
- Active/forced or passive air systems to bring fresh air into the home.
- Ventilation to remove moisture, which causes mold and mildew.
- Integrated pest control using non-chemical methods.
- No-step entry, wider doorways, halls, and stairways to accommodate diverse lifestyles.
- 1st floor bath, bedroom, and laundry for accessibility.
- 90% + gas forced air furnaces.
- Water-saving plumbing fixtures.
- Better house insulation.
- Energy Star Appliances.
- Use of recycled or green materials and products.
Building Energy Star Homes
The LEED Home
Homeport prides itself on having partnered to build the first L.E.E.D. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certified home in the Midwest! Located in the heart of North of Broad at 258 North 21st street, the L.E.E.D home showcases the industry’s best practices for energy efficiency and sustainable design. The LEED home was one of five finalists of the Columbus Landmarks’ 2008 Annual Design & Preservation Awards, James B. Recchie Design Award, and 2010 finalist for the TechColumbus Innovation Award. The L.E.E.D. home is made possible by Home B.A.S.E. Foundation, The Columbus Green Building Forum, American Electric Power, NeighborWorks of America, Limited Brands, City of Columbus, The Home Depot Foundation and a host of socially motivated green companies, contractors and manufacturers who are taking a leading role to make North of Broad a green community.To view the construction of the L.E.E.D. Home as it was in progress, please visit the blog.
Homeport is proud to partner with the City of Columbus and Franklin County to encourage the use of Green Infrastructure in its developments. North of Broad boasts the first recycled street in the City of Columbus and is comprised of over 200 recycled tires. Our next Green Infrastructure project is the comprehensive redevelopment of the American Addition neighborhood. The design will include pervious concrete curb and gutter, as well as rain gardens to allow on-site storm water filtration. This will divert rainwater from flowing into storm drains and water ways preventing erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater.