In Dallas, One House at a Time

Sustainable construction is responsible construction.  When the U.S. Green Building Council launched its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification programs in 2000, the focus was clearly on commercial development.  While many Texas cities, including Dallas in 2003, have adopted the LEED® program as a standard for achieving commercial sustainability, the LEED® system is now being used by residential developers and builders as wellAnd, consumers are liking the changes, the developers and the new home construction.  At the Little Forest Hills area of Dallas, builder David Hurt has built a model LEED® certified home at 8802 Eustis Avenue.  Hurt was determined to construct a contemporary house that complied with environmental, economical and social sustainability.  It just seemed the responsible way to go.Hurt is to be congratulated for working with Cunningham Architects to conceive a 2300 square feet residence that is 30% more energy efficient than a traditional home of similar size and whose monthly energy cost will be less than $100.00.  Hurt has utilized green concepts to exceed required energy codes.With environmental conservancy and household budgets, the little things add up.  A contemporary landscape design requires little water and no lawn mower.  The deck and another balcony capture the preserved pecan trees.  All appliances are Star Energy rated and all building materials were constructed locally.Hurt installed efficient Carrier heat pumps and Pella windows.  The builder also was careful to use a radiant attic barrier.  The exterior features six shades of earthy green stucco, which works well environmentally and aesthetically.LEED® points are also awarded for proximity to mass transit and public areas.  Hurt’s new home is close to both White Rock Lake and the downtown Dallas area, creating a nice blend of accessibility and natural recreation.

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