The Old Farm House’s Green Journey

March 22, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

A 1920’s farm house near Montgomery City, within Green Acres Research Farm has recently received a LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification from the United States Green Building Council. The farm house is a part of Novus International, Inc — a company that creates animal health and nutrition products and programs’ 12-acre research farm in Missouri.

The Old Farm House’s Green Journey

In Decatur, Georgia, another old home went into a total green makeover, which is made possible by Renewal Design-Build. The renovation includes integrating sustainable and innovative building practices for the exterior and interior construction of the home, while reusing and recycling everything they can use from the original home structure.

According to Tom Hampton, a Novus principal and Manager of Green Acres Farm, the 1920’s farm house underwent a major renovation and integrated numerous other sustainability and energy-efficiency improvements.

Hampton also said that there are not many farm homes that attained the highest designation from the USGBC — LEED for Homes Platinum certification, and said the newly renovated farm home is not an ordinary farm house.

Green features in the farm house installed with the major renovation include state-of-the-art insulation, high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC system, high-efficiency windows, a hot-water-on-demand automatic system that heats up water only when needed, the use of low-flow high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and Energy Star-rated household appliances.

The renovation project also involved the use of locally-sourced and recycled materials, and building and materials with low VOCs.

The caretaker of the farm house, according to company information, has also received proper training to help lengthen the life of the farm home, while implementing a “no shoes inside” policy.

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