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Interior, the GREENville House

By Laura Battaglia

Bobby Walters had always been drawn to the simplicity and clean lines of modern architecture. But a modern aesthetic was not his only requirement as he planned a house for himself and his wife. Walters was also interested in sustainable features and cost-conscious decisions. In essence, he wanted to build a better house.

A radiologist by profession, Walters relates his sense of design and attention to detail to his work analyzing radiology images. He worked with Tonic Design on scheme after scheme; a process that his wife, Kristi, called a “five-year affair.” As the design developed, the team realized that their design was inherently “green.” The overriding concept of the Greenville residence is a series of wings that extend from a central core living area into the landscape in a pinwheel fashion. This allows for visual connections, breezes and natural daylight – all features of a design engaged with its environment… READ MORE…

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The GREENville House

June 15, 2010 (GREENVILLE, NC) – The GREENville HOUSE designed and built by Tonic Design and Tonic Construction was awarded LEED Silver certification by the USGBC for achievement in green homebuilding and design.

LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and more healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that often includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

Driven by technologically advanced systems, sensitive building placement and site orientation, the house tracks the sun as it stretches away from its own shadow.  Private spaces fill narrow bars, extending into the landscape and away from a double height, public volume created to satisfy the requests of the clients’ young and expanding family. These bands of rooms allow natural light to be captured, easy cross ventilation and maximized solar access. Photovoltaic panels and perforated aluminum screens work in concert to provide shading and generate energy to each of these bars.

Tonic Design + Tonic Construction has won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state, regional and national levels and has been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, Custom Home, and Architectural Record magazines. The GREENville HOUSE has been featured in Architectural Record and Inform Magazine and is the winner of a 2010 AIA Triangle award and a Gail Lindsey Sustainibility Award. For more information visit www.tonic-design.com.

About LEED for Homes

LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 5,000 homes have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 20,000 have registered and are in process.