2015 Green Award Winner

Anthony & Julie Albecker (405 Lovell Avenue)

The Albeckers replaced their 1,184 sq.ft. rambler with a high energy efficiency custom 2 story. Using green building ideas, the Albeckers increased their living space, reduced their energy costs, decreased their impervious coverage area, & saved money!

Energy Efficiency

  • 3-zone radiant floor heating
  • HERS Rating of 38 (Energy audit midway through construction determined if any insulation was missing)
  • Xcel EnergyStar Home Program Certified
  • 2-stage 96% EFF Furnace
  • 2-ton 16 SEER High Efficiency AC
  • Heat Recovery Ventilator (air exchanger and air filtration system
  • Energy Star bath fans with de-humidistats

Materials Used/Reused

  • Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) foundation and Structurally insulated Panels (SIP) used to reduce energy consumption, conserve resources, and promote healthy indoor environment.
  • Under-slab has 2" insulated foam board w/radiant floor tubing in home and garage.
  • Left-over construction lumber used to make shelving and nook storage areas.
  • Minimal carpet installed.
  • Domestic wood flooring was pre-finished off-site and allowed extra time to off-gas. 
  • Spray foam insulation used at knee walls, attic, and sill perimeter. 

Beneficial Design Elements

  • Design complements nearby homes by combining aspects of the rambler, bungalow, and 2-story home designs.
  • 3-stall piggyback garage accommodates existing driveway and fits with other 2-car garages on block.
  • House design and positioning maximizes sun position and uses passive light for living areas.
  • Bonus room over garage with drain and water supply will eventually be a small “green room” to grow plants.
  • Universal design make it accessible to those with mobility and health issues.