Steve Blanchard hopes to have the first home in Orange County Ca. to be certified to platinum LEED status, and he is featuring one of Martin Door Mfg's newest garage door models, to do so.
Installers from a Martin dealer in Buena Park, Ca. recently installed an Athena Garage Door on a home being renovated in Costa Mesa by Blanchard, a real estate developer. Blanchard said the home is already being described as the “greenest home in Orange County, California.”
Blanchard approached Martin Garage Door earlier this year, about partnering in the project. More details on this project are available at www.costamesagreen.com.
When completed, Blanchard expects the home to certified platinum by the U.S.Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for homes program. He is confident the home will be a model on green technology and innovation and serve as a practical example of what other homeowners can do in the future.
Per LEED guidelines, projects are rated on a point scale for different aspects of environmental design. There are three levels of LEED, going from silver, gold to platinum. Blanchard is confident the home will meet platinum guidelines, even with its size. Larger homes, because they use more natural resources to build, have to reach a higher point level to be certified, according to Blanchard. According to the USGBC website, no Orange County projects have rated higher than Silver thus far.
The home is being gutted and remodeled in a style called “modern interpretation of craftsman.” Steve Blanchard hopes his home will influence future projects elsewhere. He had hoped to move his family into the structure by early summer, but has revised his timetable to the fall of 2009.
The developer chose an Athena Martin door on the project, after reviewing a number of garage door possibilities from various manufacturers. He liked the door's style and design which best fit within the scope of what he was trying to do with the home.
This home will incorporate a number of energy-saving mechanisms, according to Blanchard. He says the home will have enough photovoltaic panels to bring the electricity bill down to $0. It will also feature Energy Star appliances, tankless water heaters located close to the faucets they service, plus special windows and insulation.
Water-saving components will be installed as well as “smart landscaping”.
Ironically Orange County is the original home of Martin Door Manufacturing, which was started in 1936 in Santa Ana.