How do you bring a 90 year-old caretaker’s house on an old farm into the 21st century? By gutting and renovating it to LEED Platinum standards, the way Novus International has with its new research farm residence outside Montgomergy City, Missouri.
The Missouri Ruralist reports that the house is part of a 12-acre farm that Novus purchased in 2009 for research and to showcase agricultural “best practices” in animal nutrition and production.
The project re-used most of the materials salvaged from the renovation, as well as locally-sourced materials, materials with a high-recycled content and those with low VOCs. Green features of the renovated house include home sealing with a castor-based foam sealant and treatment with a non-toxic termite barrier; high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances; state-of-the-art insulation and high-efficiency windows; and a high-efficiency heating, air conditioning and ventilation system and a hot-water-on-demand system.
Long-range plans for the home and the farm call for a 168-panel photovoltaic solar energy system that will generate more than 54,400 kilowatt hours of energy, as well as a possible on-site wind farm.
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