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LEED BD+C: Homes v2008

Snooks Hollow

Upstate, NY
United States
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LEED Platinum 2012

An interaction between site development with design of the house focused on ecosystem relationships –– repairing and enhancing the site –– and creating a house striving for net zero energy and carbon neutrality performance

Snook's Hollow is a private residence completed in June 2012. This is a large house and despite the maximum Home Size Adjustment (HSA) point penalty for the square footage, the home was certified LEED Platinum in October 2012, the result of the owner and contractors following the demanding LEED criteria. Built on a reclaimed industrial/commercial site, the project had a challenging agenda of multiple goals: suit the comfort and needs of the owner; be esthetically pleasing; build in a compressed time schedule; transform the design and construction industry; and provide leadership in sustainability design for large homes. Deemed as a research project, no limits were placed on examining current design and construction practices, and a broad approach to sustainability measures for the project. Traditional relationships between project participants were evaluated and reshaped inventively in a perpetual search for maximizing efficiency and an accelerated project delivery time. Creation of an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team, use of advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques, a paperless workflow, and just-in-time material delivery yielded a compressed building period of 11 months, a remarkable accomplishment for a project of this scope.

An interaction between site development with design of the house focused on ecosystem relationships –– repairing and enhancing the site –– and creating a house striving for net zero energy and carbon neutrality performance. The targeted level of greenness -- a LEED Platinum rating was set as the goal -- integrated theory into practice, introducing concepts of durability, resilience, and biomimicry into the project.

Thermal and energy performance and water management construction details ensure multi-generational durability of Snook’s Hollow. Snook’s Hollow uses no fossil fuels in its operation, other than for a cooking range. Extremely efficient energy performance is achieved through an integrated ground source geothermal system and solar photo-voltaic and solar thermal systems. Some electrical energy from renewable resources is purchased. Exemplary performance credits were accomplished for advanced framing techniques, the nature of products used, a resource recycling strategy for construction waste (an estimated 93 percent of resources otherwise sent to landfills or incinerators), and selection of environmentally friendly products, including salvaged and recycled construction materials.

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Project details
Use
Single Family Custom
Setting
Suburban
Certified
3 Oct 2012