WaaM House Before Remodel

Leed Certification
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WaaM House


Wes & Melinda McWhorter


New Orleans, LA

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson

Green Rater:

Project Goal:

We didn't start this project out thinking a lot about how to build the house so it would have the least amount of impact on the environment. But as we were getting into it, I kept hearing the words of my friend Ben Gauslin echoing through my head. He had recently begun a renovation project as well, and when I had asked him if he was considering any "green or sustainable measures" when planning and building he said, "Renovation by its very nature is sustainable practice. You're not ripping something down to build new or taking over a new piece of land to build from the ground up!" That simple statement really got us to thinking deeper about the possibilities of taking this historic property and trying our best to bring it back to life in a way that would accommodate our needs as a small, modern family while also taking advantage of modern design/build techniques, folding in energy efficient materials and appliances and topping it off with a system that would help us offset our energy consumption by generating enough power to essentially get us to net zero energy usage. We also had to to all of this on a very tight budget. So we had to make smart decisions about what we could and could not do. We felt like from the outset that we could achieve at least a LEED Silver rating on the home as well as having it Energy Star certified due to our choice of highly efficient appliances, fixtures, doors, windows, HVAC system and insulation. The team at Contects were very helpful in educating us and guiding us through the process. At the end of the project, we'll be posting every detail of the materials we used to get there, and we'll explain the rationale behind the decisions we made. Most of them had to do with the fact that we wanted to create a durable, comfortable and efficient home. We wanted a place where our kids could have fun and grow up in an environment that they could feel good about. We also saw this entire process as a way to educate them from a very young age on the importance of thinking about how everything you do in life affects those around you - starting from the way you live at home. You can follow the progress of the project and learn more at http://www.waamhouse.com


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