A Brick Rehab Meets LEED's Highest Standards
Solar panels aside, you can't see the upgrades that make this downtown remodel so energy efficient
When architect Richard Renner saw an old brick store for sale, he envisioned it as a site both for his practice's office and for his own residence. After a great deal of work and a strong focus on green design, Renner ended up with both a new office and a new home, certified LEED Platinum. This article includes details on insulating the building, strengthening the roof, creating a new slab, and installing photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. panels on the roof. Renner and his wife, along with a small crew of hired helpers, also installed a vegetative roof on the building; that project required only about three hours' work.