2014 Green Award Winner

Cindy & Ward Schwie - 1383 Ryan Avenue
The Schwie's have done updates to nearly every part of their home and property in the last few years so that they now have a nearly completely renovated home and yard.  And they have done all of it with an eye toward the environment and sustainability:
  • Whenever possible, they reused or recycled materials – the kitchen floor used to be a gymnasium! 
  • They dealt with the age-old problem of asbestos by employing a certified company to remove and dispose of it.
  • They integrated smart technologies to maximize their improvements by installing a Nest Learning Thermostat and a water recirculating system.
  • Sealed all duct work as well as pipes that exit the house through the roof
  • Increased attic insulation to R32
  • Covered electrical outlets on outside walls
  • Installed low E, double pane, argon gas, U30 windows on the first floor
  • Created a four-season porch and added a 2nd garage stall
  • Basement had a Standard Water System installed to eliminate moisture
  • Use Nest Thermometer with Energy Star® furnace, central air and dehumidifier
  • Radon system is power-vented to the exterior
  • All bulbs are LED or CFL
  • Installed 9 photovoltaic solar panels
  • Rain barrel and 2 underground water downspouts installed to divert water into the gardens
  • Irrigation system with a rain monitor installed
  • Consideration of the mature trees was taken into account when planting – no trees were damaged
  • Rotating food compost bin installed
  • Reused deck 2x4’s
  • James Hardie® siding installed and recycled hail-damaged aluminum siding
  • Enhanced curb appeal by removing 3/4 of front lawn and planted shrubs and low-growing plants