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Vision Houses Showcase Green Living in Orlando

12/30/2010 12:00:00 AM

Tags: green building, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, air quality, green materials

Green Builder Media’s VISION House Series, a handful of green demonstration homes around the country, showcases shining examples of site-specific solutions for key green building issues including energy use, water conservation, land use and orientation, waste management, indoor environment quality, and products and materials. We’re excited to see that next month, the series will debut two more homes—new construction and a remodel—in Orlando, Florida. They promise to be spectacular.

Green Builder Media teamed with Southern Traditions Development and Designs by Pat Gaylor for ReVISION House Orlando, a deep energy retrofit in the charming College Park neighborhood. The 1,800-square-foot home, built in typical Florida block-style, uses advanced materials and design techniques to significantly enhance energy performance and resource efficiency while reflecting the neighborhood’s traditional flavor. “The worst thing you can do is build a home that doesn’t fit with the vibe of the neighborhood,” Gaylor says in an upcoming Green Builder magazine article about the house. “College Park is a very special place. Whatever we did had to fit. Today, people want elegance but not to the point of corny or overdone. We live in homes that work for us, not Tuscan villas.”

ReVISION House Orlando 
The ReVISION House Orlando, which was built in the typical Florida block style, will be retrofitted to optimize home energy performance, water use, indoor environment quality, sustainable materials and disaster resistance. Photo Courtesy Green Builder. 

Also in College Park, Green Builder teamed with Southern Traditions Development, ed binkley design and Designs by Pat Gaylor to build VISION House Orlando, a home designed to respect traditional central Florida architecture while focusing on energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environment quality, efficient systems, sustainable materials and disaster resistance.  “My favorite aspect of the 2011 Vision House started with the program—a home designed for a tight urban fringe infill lot that would offer maximum flexibility, use solid sustainable practices, and be available to the masses at a moderate price,” architect Ed Binkley says. “I like taking a pretty typical housing model for the neighborhood, unplugging it, and opening it up to create something totally unexpected.”

As builder John Pleveich explains, it’s all about finding homeowners who get it.  “We want [our home buyers] to first and foremost show visitors their solar panels before they show them the granite,” he says. “Or show them the dual-flush toilets that conserve. It’s important to get people to see that it’s not just a green house. It’s not a plain Jane house. And the most important benefits of owning it are energy efficiency and durability.”

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