Topic: Lead St

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    Blower Door Test

    As the project is completed, the home undergoes various tests including the blower door test. This procedure measures the amount of air infiltration (or exfiltration) by volume at a given pressure over a period of (...)
    Posted: Aug 24, 2009

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    The landscaping package has been installed. The plan takes into consideration native, drought tolerant plants and the local and regional climate as well as the micro-climates around the home. This creates sustainable landscaping that requires (...)
    Posted: Jul 23, 2009

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    Driveway Installation

    Mechanical, plumbing, and electrical trim outs are being finalized in the house. Meanwhile, the driveway is excavated and layers of gravel and sand have been compacted to accept the open grid pavers. Open pavers provide (...)
    Posted: Jul 3, 2009

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    Cabinetry Installation Begins

    Base and top cabinets have been installed in kitchen and countertops are being templated. The flat maple panel cabinets have been finished with a water based material. This vastly reduces VOC emission in the home. (...)
    Posted: Jun 13, 2009

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    Interior Paint

    Interior paint has been applied. The paint material conforms to LEED definition of low VOC material. This makes a safer work environment and a healthier house to live in. (...)
    Posted: Jun 9, 2009

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    Tile Installation

    Ceramic tile is being installed in bathrooms, foyer, and laundry area. Installing materials that are water resistant in wet locations contributes to one LEED point. (...)
    Posted: Jun 8, 2009

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    Spray-In Cellulose Insulation

    Cellulose insulation has been sprayed in the wall cavities and along the roof line.  This completes the thermal barrier and fills cracks and gaps completely.  The cellulose material is made from recycled newsprint and other (...)
    Posted: May 11, 2009

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    Mid-Construction Site Tour

    Green Build It held a site tour with the title “Affordable Meets Green”.  We showcased the green elements of the home as well as the design process and the LEED-H rating system.  The event was (...)
    Posted: Apr 25, 2009

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    Spray Foam Insulation

    A two part urethane foam has been sprayed at key locations to add thermal protection and to seal the envelope.  The application has been made to the wood “band” in the crawl space and the (...)
    Posted: Apr 23, 2009

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    Electrical Rough-In

    The 200 amp electrical system has been installed and all circuits wired.  We have also installed conduit that links the attic space to the crawl space and then to the main electrical panel.  This will (...)
    Posted: Apr 22, 2009