Ingham County Land Bank and City of Lansing Construct New LEED Home

What do you get when you combine modern building science with passive solar techniques and universal design? You get an energy-conscious and accessible home like the one at 5219 Hughes Road in Lansing.

In an effort to combine sustainability, usability and modern design, the Ingham County Land Bank and the City of Lansing funded the 1232 square foot Hughes Road house project which was completed by Vesta Building Industries.

Vesta used Structural Insulated Panels for the outside shell, a high-efficiency condensing boiler for heating the radiant floor and domestic hot water.

Vesta also used materials that are healthy for the occupants of the home and friendly to the environment. The house will earn certification in the LEED for Homes program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We put a lot of time into this project to ensure we met the three principles to the best of our ability. This is not only an environmentally friendly home, it’s also the kind of home you can grow old in,” says Gene Townsend, the LEED AP for Vesta Building Industries.

The passive solar design uses south-facing glass with wide overhangs allowing the polished concrete floor to soak up the sun in the winter but be shaded from the intense summer sun. The home has also been designed to be wheelchair accessible.

The house is up for sale, and if you want to see it, the Ingham County Land Bank will be hosting its annual Community Holiday Party at the home on On Dec. 7, from 4 -7 p.m.

Source: Tony Beyers, Vesta Building Industries

Writer: Suban Nur Cooley
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