Western Classic Designs, a custom homebuilding company headquartered in Elbert County is out in the forefront of building green. Aaron Lovelace, owner of Western Classic Designs is determined that rural custom homebuilding be as cutting edge as anything you can find in urban areas. Lovelace recently announced the registration for a LEED for Homes residence in Wild Pointe Reserve in Elbert County. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy, Environment and Design is a program sponsored by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The program requires homebuilders to undergo a technically rigorous process which includes a home energy rating (HERS), on-site inspections during construction as well as review of the design and materials to be used. The objective of the LEED certification is to deliver a home that is energy efficient, low burden to the environment and designed to be healthy to live in and inexpensive to run.
Lovelace feels that with a little open space and access to solar, wind and geothermal alternative sources for energy, a lot can be done in a rural area to reduce the energy footprint and provide a more healthy home to live in. According to a recent press release from Western Classic Designs, Michael Stornello the president of LEED AP and the lead designer for Tin Roof Design the Kiowa-based company that designed the home, said about the project “We are excited to be part of this project and hope that is is the first of many that help counteract the common perception that rural homes aren’t green or trendy”.
Features of this home include a geothermal unit for heating and air, high efficiency water heating, insulation values that exceed industry standards in the attic and walls, high-tech air filtration system, low-E windows as well as Energy Star rated appliances. The project will even have strict management of construction waste to reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill.
Western Classic Designs and Tin Roof Design are also involved with two other single family homes in the area, including a home sponsored by Homes for Our Troops for LCpl Kade Hinkhouse and his family. Both homes are in the planning stages and are planned to participate in the USGBC LEED for Homes program.
For more information, contact Western Classic Designs at (303) 646-6253
Western Classic Designs, designed and built the home in Elbert County where Vickie Wallis, your Elbert County Examiner lives.