"The goal of this project, from the get-go, was to encourage homeowners, builders, interior designers and architects to build green," said the home's owner, Karen S. Miller.
"Our designer recommended that we insist on using the Laticrete system. In particular, because the products are so environmental-friendly and don't emit harmful VOCs." Laticrete contributions to the project included all grout, thin-set and waterproofing membrane materials. By becoming a sponsor, Laticrete joins a veritable "who's-who" of residential building product manufacturers, companies that also will be providing sponsorship to the home. "We're planning to host Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick when initially featuring the home as a model green home for our state," said Miller.
There will be regularly offered tours to various industry groups, and both print and broadcast editorials to spread the word about this uniquely green residence. In order for the structure to eventually achieve the Net Zero and LEED Platinum home status, it must be completely built and experience all four seasons during a one-year period.
"The house was designed to have a typical New England 'look,' "said Miller. "With its shingle-style design, it doesn't stand out from other homes in the neighborhood. From the outside, one cannot tell it is atypical from others except, perhaps, if the PV panels are noticed." Using solar power for heating water and electricity, the home also features "very thick walls with lots of insulation" to keep it cool in summer months and warm in the winter.
"We believe in the green movement and are pleased to sponsor projects such as this one," stated Peter McKeon of Laticrete. "We believe this will be a win-win for all involved."