Friday, January 30, 2009

More Roof, Plus Exhaust Fans, Fireplaces, and a visit from the LEED Inspector!

Here is a picture showing the TPO completely installed on the flat roof. You can also see the railings starting to take shape. And the boxes have been set where the pergola will be attached to the rooftop. We are reclaiming the pergola from the rooftop terrace at the old University Club clubhouse at Cobblestone Park. The old clubhouse is being torn down and the pergola would have just ended up in the landfill, but not now.

From left to right: Bob the architect, Claude the LEED inspector, Maggie, and Jennifer (Bob's wife and office manager). Claude is making a checklist of the "green" features of our home and will award us points based on those green items. The number of points we receive will determine our level of LEED certification. We are aiming for the second-highest which is Gold. This is the first of several inspections and tests he will be conducting.

The exhaust fans in the bathrooms have now been installed. When finished, they will have humidistats which will control when they turn on and off. This will save energy by making the HVAC system more efficient.

Here you can see where the exhaust fans' ductwork goes through the first floor and into the crawl space below where it will exit through the brick foundation wall.

The gas fireplaces arrived and are being installed. Natural gas releases much less CO2 into the atmosphere than wood-burning fireplaces. Also, these fireplaces have an extra "green" feature: when not in use the pilot light automatically turns off, saving gas.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Rooftop Terrace is now sealed!

After negotiating with roofers for a month, we finally found AquaSeal to lay the TPO membrane and seal our rooftop terrace.

TPO is Thermoplastic Poly Olefin sheet roofing using state-of-the-art polymer manufacturing technology. This technology enables the production of TPO membranes that are flexible at low temperatures without the use of polymeric or liquid plasticizers.

Unlike some other popular thermoplastic roofing membranes, the TPO polymer does not contain chlorine and no chlorine-containing ingredients are added during sheet production. This lack of chlorine allows the TPO membrane to be regarded as an environmentally safe, “green” product.

The TPO resin is compounded with other components including a weathering package, fire retardants and pigments for color to create a product that can withstand the elements associated with rooftop exposure.

On top of the TPO will be recycled rubber squares. But before they go on, the metal roof will be put up next on the rest of the house.

We can't wait for that!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ductwork, Front Door, Central Vac, etc...

Things are still progressing on our new home. We finally made the decision not to go with geothermal as the cost was just too high and the resulting payback period too long.

We are going with a 14 SEER heat pump and as you can see by the pix, the ductwork is going in.

The siding is also continuing to go up.

And the front door has finally arrived and is installed.

The central vac outlets (another green item!) have also been roughed in.

And here is a picture showing the house from the other side of the golf course.

The most important thing now is to get the roof finished, which hopefully will happen soon...stay tuned!