Hollyport Ventures LLC is committed to providing Richmond and its surrounding areas with the best architectural design and sustainable building practices.
On March 30, 2009, Hollyport Ventures announced that it had filed the first application for residential certification of a Richmond property under the LEED® for Homes program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was been involved in the construction of LEED homes ever since.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program is an initiative to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. LEED for Homes is targeting the top 25% of new homes with the best practice environmental features.
Under the direction of architect R. Michael Cross, LEED AP, Hollyport Ventures LLC rehabilitated a home at 4600 Augusta Ave. in the City of Richmond. This 1938 structure, built many years before most of the practices promoted by the LEED for Homes program were created, posed many challenges. The goal of the “Augusta Project” was to renovate this home to meet the Platinum Certification level of the LEED for Homes program. By doing so, it demonstrated that high levels of sustainable design are achievable in simple home additions and are accessible to the average homeowner.
Key features of this project included geothermal heating and cooling, an on-demand circulating hot water system, passive solar elements, superior insulation and windows, improved water management, efficient lighting fixtures, and other innovative design elements.
To qualify for certification, a home must be built following the guidelines set forth by the LEED for Homes program and meet stringent performance and design criteria in eight specific categories.
During construction in 2010, Michael Cross commented, “Even in the current real estate climate, we need to design for the future to ensure our homes are as energy efficient and environmentally responsible as possible. The history of this particular house makes it an outstanding showcase for the way current technologies can be used to upgrade the existing housing stock to the highest levels of performance.”
In addition to architect R. Michael Cross, LEED AP, the design team included Marty Felps, president, Delta Temp, providers of geothermal heating and cooling, John Gray, president Peak 3 Construction and Keith Whipple, waterstreetstudio, landscape architecture. Sean Shanley of EarthCraftVirginia was the Green Rater and insured compliance with the requirements of the LEED for Homes program. In addition to its LEED for Homes - Platinum Certification, "Augusta" is an EarthCraft Certified House and met the EPA sponsored Energy Star and WaterSense requirements.