Qualified Remodeler Magazine

OCT 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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SILVER Energy-efcient Retroft Landis Construction, Washington, D.C., landisconstruction.com Project name: British School Location: Washington, D.C. Square footage: 2,314 Cost: $598,000 This private school, which serves kindergarten through high school, needed an update to the multi- purpose room and a music room. The music room's previously 8-ft. ceilings were heightened to 10 ft. by removing the drop ceiling and cleaning up and exposing the mechanical and electrical systems. Because lunches are distributed and eaten in the room, the original sink and laminate countertop were replaced with a more efficient angled solid surface counter. One side has a cleanup and recycling station. The original music room was too large for the 20-student classes and lacked natural light. The space was split into two rooms — a music classroom and a practice room. The classroom uses two windows that were formerly in a hallway. Metal-framed glass partitions on the hall-facing walls of both rooms also help with the natural light. GOLD Light Commercial More Than 5,000 Square feet 38 October 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Master Design Awards Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich., architecturalresource.com Project name: Riverview House Location: Ann Arbor, Mich. Square footage: 3,553 Cost: $464,000 The first task when updating this house, which involved adding square footage, was to perform an energy audit and solar analysis. To address the ener- gy loss for a slab on a grade home, the remodel had to maximize the thermal envelope. This was achieved by enhanc- ing the existing thermal envelope at the lid with SPF turning it into a hot roof, as well as excavating around the entire perimeter to 24 in. below grade and installing rigid insulation as a ring of conductive thermal protection. The remodel also used SPF on existing walls in the area of new work augmenting the walls with 2x2 horizontal strapping at 24 in. off center set to the inside plane of the existing exterior wall framing. Other green elements include mechanical and water heating equipment, in addition to a Rumford refracting wood-burning fireplace. The home achieved NAHB NGBS Emerald green certification. Photo: Beth Singer Photographer Inc. Photo: Morgan Howarth Photography

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