LEED-certified home outfitted with radiant heating technology

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 15:36

In the heart of Virginia, one builder has achieved Platinum certifications for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Daily Press reports that L.J. Kellam Construction is the first builder on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to achieve the mark from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Cape Charles property is a 3,500-square-foot home on Holly Dale Drive. It sits on top of 15 acres of land in an area referred to as Old Plantation Creek, where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet.
"The location provided an opportunity to design and build a home that enhances the natural surroundings and captures the expansive views," said Luke Kellam, president of L.J. Kellam Construction in a statement, according to the news source. "We made every effort to preserve the tranquil setting with a minimal footprint on the property."
The developers outfitted the residence with the latest in energy-efficient technology to reduce the carbon footprint. The house was designed to work with the local climate by taking advantage of sun levels, shade, natural ventilation and insulation methods. In addition to considering the placement of the home, Kellam Construction focused on using local products to reduce the environmental impact of transporting materials.
"To the extent possible, we used local products in our construction materials," said Kellam. "Local products require less transportation and reduce both fuel use and emissions. And, they support the local economy."
Green-energy technology was also incorporated into the design of the home to better reduce operational expenses. For example, radiant floor heating was seen as the ideal choice to circulate warmth throughout the house because the system reduces energy loss and directly funnels heat to desired locations.