1950’s Veteran Facility Turned into Modern Green Home Building

March 21, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

The home building for veterans — Veterans Home of California at Yountville, which was recently remodeled, held a grand reopening for the completion of the project. The home building that housed about 1,200 residents, has also received a LEED or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

1950’s Veteran Facility Turned into Modern Green Home Building

Inline with veterans housing, 5 new home projects for the veterans, with a total of 290 affordable home units will be developed in Northern Michigan, Columbus, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. The project will be funded by Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and Huntington Bank.

First completed during the 1950’s, the home building for the veterans underwent a $17 million complete remodel, which took two years to complete, according to Administrator Marcella McCormack.

The remodel of the home building was done by architect Michael Shanus, from KPA Groups, a firm of structural engineers and architects. Shanus said upon the design of the remodel was based upon the members input — “what they like and wanted to see” after its completion.

The green home building’s green LEED certification was achieved in accordance with the then-Gov. Schwarzenegger, which required all government or state-owned building to seek LEED Silver certification or higher from the USGBC.

Green features in the newly renovated home building include the use regional building and of recycled materials, non-toxic paints and adhesives, and monitored construction wastes. Solar film was also added to windows as well as new lighting systems with automatic dim or shut off, solar panels, and low-flow and plumbing fixtures.

Amenities in the 70,000 square-foot home building includes computer area that features workstations with magnifying screens, expanded wellness center, social halls, game rooms, and others.

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