Category Archives: The Green House

Brock Built partners with WSB-TV Channel 2 to build Going Green “The Green House.” This environmentally responsible demonstration home will showcase sustainable design features attainable by the typical Atlanta family.

Denver’s First LEED Platinum Single Family Home

Denver LEED houseUrban Green Development is proud to announce the groundbreaking of Denver’s first LEED Platinum single family home to be built in the NW Denver’s Highland neighborhood. “The Green Cube Showhome” has received a LEED Platinum level classification from the US Green Building Council, the highest level of green sustainable building. The project is looking for qualified Green Industry partners to showcase their products.

About the Project:
Project Location: 3310 Shoshone St in NW Denver

Owner / GC: Urban Green Development

Project Goal: A fundraising project to showcase and network sustainable building contractors and green suppliers.

Background: Being built in one of Denver’s “hot spot” building neighborhoods, NW Denver’s historic Highland area, “The Green Cube” will be the city’s first LEED Platinum single family home, the highest sustainable/built green rating possible. When complete the home is expected use just 40% of the energy of a code built home.
The home is scheduled to open in late fall off 2011 as a Green Built Show Home in conjunction with U.S. Built Green Council, and will be featured on the DIY Network throughout the process. The home will bring together area contractors, suppliers using sustainable and reusable products as well as serve as a fundraising project to support an annual scholarship fund enabling North High students to pursue careers in the Green Building Industry. When complete the Show Home will host tours, open houses, seminars and special events all raising money for North High career scholarships.

The Show Home will host 3,000-5,000 trade professionals and consumers during the month of July 2011 The project offers the opportunity to partner and network with the nearly 100 green trades, suppliers and services required to build the home from start to finish. Please contact Brett Robben at 303-433-6212 or email brettrobben@comcast.net

Brock Built Green House Sold

bb-gh-home-exteriorMidtown lawyer, Kinshasa K. Williams, recently became the proud owner of Brock Built’s Green House. The EarthCraft home had been open to the public for tours since completion in August 2008. When Williams closed on her new eco-friendly home not only did she purchase a new home, but it also resulted in a $225,000 donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to buying the Green House, Williams lived in a condominium in Midtown. As a native of New Orleans, Williams was immediately drawn to the large porches and Craftsman style of the Green House. Interiors of the home include energy efficient appliances, plumbing, doors and windows as well as environmentally friendly plants. The beautiful exteriors include an herb garden, rain garden, outdoor fireplace, rain barrel and much more. Continue reading

Green House Auction Closes on Friday

The Exterior of the Green HouseYou still have the opportunity to bid on the Brock Built Green House. By purchasing this green built new home in Atlanta, you will be able to have one original story to tell visitors. There is no other house in Atlanta that is quite as unique as the Brock Built Green House. This house represents many different local companies coming together for one great cause, and it utilizes many of the most up-to-date green building practices. Bidding began only a couple of weeks ago, and ends this Friday, October 3rd. Remember that you are not just buying a new home but making a tremendous donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All of the proceeds from the Green House auction benefit CHOA, improving the healthcare for Atlanta’s youth. Of course, I would never recommend purchasing a house that you have not seen, so take advantage of the available tours. Continue reading

The Green House Features

It’s been a while since we’ve highlighted some green features in the Green House, and now that it is open for tours, I think it’s more important you have all of the information. By knowing describing what it is that makes the Green House “green,” you’ll know what to keep your eyes looking for when on your tour.

The Rainharvest Company installed a rain harvest system and water re-use system. These systems will enable the homeowner to reduce their potable water consumption by re-using their laundry and bath water to irrigate the gardens. Capturing rain water will provide supplemental water for irrigation but also enable the homeowner to wash their car or any other outdoor use which they would desire. Continue reading

Green House is Open for Tours

After many months of construction, The Green House if officially open for your viewing pleasure. A luxury new home built to be completely green, it is the collaborative project of many local businesses, and is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and also on Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Brock Built managed the project and, with the help of numerous Atlanta businesses, the community service project will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. So be sure to take advantage of these viewing hours to see if this is a home you could see yourself living in. Many different green features have been incorporated into the green house, providing the lucky homeowner with lower utility bills and unique features not commonly found in other Atlanta new homes. Bidding will begin at $350,000 and the auction is set to take place online from September 17th to October 3rd. Continue reading

Green HVAC and Water Heating Systems

One of the largest energy consumers in a home is the HVAC system. Thus, when constructing the Green House, it was imperative to find the appropriate company to install a system that would be energy efficient and not leave a large carbon footprint. So, if you are in the market for a green HVAC system, this is the one that was installed on the Brock Built Green House, with a full description of what makes this particular system energy efficient and green:

Installed by Lennox & Spence Heating and Air Conditioning

Air Conditioner: ENERGY STAR qualified that deliver superior performance in
all areas important to today’s consumers – comfort, control, energy efficiency,
quiet operation, environmental responsibility, and reliability. The energy-efficient cooling systems also use R410A refrigerant, which is environmentally friendly and chlorine-free.

Gas Furnace: The furnace is crafted with uncompromising design to deliver efficiency ratings of up to 92.1%, which can save the homeowners hundreds of dollars on energy bills each year compared to older furnaces. Continue reading

A Nearly Finished Product

The Brock Built Green House Almost CompleteThe Brock Built Green House is just about complete. We have some updated photos for your viewing pleasure. I think it’s time we take a minute to recall exactly what this extraordinary project represents.

First off, it represents many donated hours of labor and donated products. There is no way we can say thank you enough to all of the vendors that have helped make this charitable dream a reality. This one project really illustrates how the Atlanta community comes together to support a great cause, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the BEST causes around. Continue reading

More Features of the Green House

It won’t be much longer before we have photos of the finished community service project for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, but in the meantime I am going to describe even more green features that went into the construction of the Green House.

The exterior windows are Silverline brand, distributed by Robert Bowden, Inc. Silverline is an ENERGY STAR partner. Their windows reduce solar heat gain and minimize heat loss which keeps homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A full 100% of any scrap vinyl, glass, aluminum, or cardboard remaining from production is recycled and reused. Continue reading

The Green House is Almost Complete

Brock Built’s Green House is almost at completion, and while we have been periodically giving progress updates, including the green practices, I think it’s time to go into a little more detail as to why this community service project is “The Green House.”

More than being EarthCraft certified and built to the standards of ENERGY Star, green practices have gone into all the details with the Green House. For example, the interior trim, constructed by TLC Mouldings, utilizes MDF moulding. This particular product is an environmentally friendly product because no trees were harvested specifically for its manufacture.  In addition, TLC uses materials that are made from sawmill by-products making this a green product as well. Continue reading

Drywall Completed for Green House

Juan’s Drywall, Inc. out of Lawrenceville, GA completed the drywall on the Green House last week. With the drywall being completed, the house is really starting to take frame of an actual home. Juan’s Drywall was very excited to volunteer to work on this home because of the charitable donation Brock Built is making with the auction. For those that don’t know, the Atlanta Green House is a home being built on a volunteer basis by Atlanta builders. The house is utilizing (and exceeding) all of the new standards necessary to make the house qualify as a “green home.” Once completed in October, the Green House will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. The great part about this home is not only is it a charitable donation that will help children in Atlanta, but also that it will serve as a great example of respecting our environment for future homes built all over the country. With progress mounting so fast, the dreams of the Atlanta Green House are finally becoming a reality.