Winning a 3,000-square-foot, three-story home in a lush coastal-resort would be a truly grand prize for just about anyone. What makes this house a dream come true, however, is its LEED Platinum certification and the long list of environmental features that come with all this amazing luxury.
The custom-built home, located near a tidal marshland on Kiawak Island, S.C., is the latest HGTV Dream Home that will be given away in a sweepstakes held early next year by the home and garden cable channel. Just a few of the green building features of the house include locally sourced wood materials, PVC siding to reduce water and insect intrusion, a geothermal-powered HVAC system, rot-resistant garapa decking, low-flow shower heads and a drip irrigation system for the drought-tolerant landscaping plants, 90 percent of which are native to the area.
“Utilizing a comprehensive, whole-house approach, the design team was able to create a home qualifying as environmentally sound from top to bottom,” said HGTV professional home planner Jack Thommason. “The materials, components and building techniques work together to form a complete system that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. To pursue and earn this first Platinum level certification really speaks to the extra efforts our team took in building the most ‘green’ home possible.”
In keeping with the style of the “Low Country” houses of the region, the house features long gable overhangs to provide cooling shadow, plus large windows to flood the interiors with sunlight. Massive Southern yellow pine beams hold the house 10 feet about the ground to prevent flooding in the hurricane-prone South Carolina coast. On the ground, drainage swales were included to capture rain runoff from the metal roof and lined with hydrophilic plants such as gregia, scouring and horsetail rushes, and southern wood fern.
Inside the home, the builders used super-efficient insulation materials, designed all duct work to fit inside the insulated envelope, used LED light fixtures and installed Energy Star-rated appliances. “Environmental aspects came into the play from the very beginning of construction,” said the home’s builder Craig Gentilin. “Everything partners together to create the greenest Dream Home ever.”
The house is part of Indigo Park, a collection of 16 green-conscious homes built by Dyal Compass, Christopher Rose Architects and Royal Indigo Construction. Indigo Park aims to become the first community with all LEED-certified homes within a luxury residential resort.
To take your chances on winning the HGTV Dream Home 2013 Giveaway, entries will open on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will runs through Feb. 15, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern. The who’ll grand prize package will includes the home, a 2013 GMC Acadia DenaliSUV and $500,000.