Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Green Built Home Makeover 2008

The second annual event featured a different type of project: A post-war ranch home which had lead paint threatening the children living there. This project was different in scope and goals. Rather than expecting a huge transformation in energy usage, our goal was instead to transform the owners lives by allowing them to open and close their windows without worry of lead dust harming their children. Exposure to lead is particularly damaging to young children and unborn babies. Most commonly, they can ingest the lead by touching the dust from lead paint.

The home was already relatively energy efficient, as it had a new high efficiency furnace, power-vented water heater, and insulation package. The window, however were another story. The original single pane windows had lead paint which turned into dust every time they were opened or closed - hence the owners had been living there for a year without even opening the windows during moderate temperatures! They focused on cleaning the home daily to prevent lead dust from harming their son Myles. The windows were replaced with new triple-pane units for maximum energy efficiency. The lead paint was removed or encapsulated so that it will no longer be a risk to the family.

Furthermore, the bathtub glazing contained lead. They were unable to bathe their toddler and instead were forced to use a downstairs shower. Because the wall and floor tile were in great condition and the bathroom did not need a full remodel, the solution was for a Renew-it tub liner to be installed over the old bathtub. The tile remains in place, while the lead glazing is no longer exposed.

Wisconsin Environmental did the lead safe work in the home, and Advanced Health & Safety removed the asbestos window glazing. Ganser Exteriors installed aluminum soffit & fascia to encapsulate the lead paint on the soffits & fascias and installed new gutters to direct water away from the home. Degnan Design Builders installed LP SmartSide siding on the garage to encapsulate the lead paint under housewrap. By installing the housewrap and the siding, the lead paint will never be able to flake off or have dust reach the outside of the house. SmartSide will provide decades of low-maintenance service.

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2008 Sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsor: MG&E

Gold Supporters:

Degnan Design Builders, Inc.

Silver Supporters
Wisconsin Environmental, Inc.

Bronze Supporters

Braatz Heating and A/C
Brighter Concepts Ltd. - Solatube
Building Services & Consultant, LLC
Charles Home Furnishings
City Glass Company
Chase Lumber Co.
Dane County "Green Realtors(r)" Group
Dirty Ducts Cleaning Environmental & Insulation, Inc.
Elite Electric, Inc.
Energy Federation Inc.
Focus on Energy
HLW Builders, LLC
Healthy Homes
Natura Clean, LLC
Nonn's FlooringPar Concrete, Inc.Pulvermacher Construction, LLC
Qual Line Fence Corp.
Renew-It, LLC
Royal Container Service, Inc.
Sergenian's Floor Coverings, Inc.
Statz Painting & Decorating, Inc.
Twohig Construction, LLC
Window Design Center