Cape Fear
Green Building Alliance

New Brooklyn Homes at Robert R. Taylor Estates

1205 N. Fifth Street - LEED Platinum and Gold

Site Strategies:
The LEED Certified Taylor West Development stands on location of North Carolina’s very first public housing development, designed by historic, Wilmington native and architect, Robert R. Taylor, in 1939. As a previously developed lot, no new tracts of land were required for construction. Erosion control measures were implemented and waste management and reduction protocols were strictly adhered to throughout the construction process. Located in the historic Brooklyn Arts District of Wilmington, NC, the development is within walking distance to several community resources.

Water Efficiency:
All apartments are equipped with low-flow faucets and showerheads with aerators and water closets are rated at a low rate of 1.28 gallons per flush. The development flaunts zero water site runoff and also encourages water reuse through several 1300 gallon rainwater cisterns. 50% of rooftop runoff is harvested in the cisterns and used in an irrigation system on site. The advanced drip irrigation system includes a shut-off mechanism with sensors designed to detect rain and humidity, reducing irrigation requirements.

Energy and Atmosphere:
The development includes all ENERGY STAR rated appliances and light fixtures that use CFL’s throughout. The 15 SEER HVAC mechanical system has been specifically sized for each apartment to ensure optimal efficiency and includes a split zone (upstairs/downstairs) thermostat system. All ductwork is located within conditioned space as closed cell foam was sprayed in the walls and attic of each apartment unit. Closed cell foam prohibits air infiltration and requires smaller heating and cooling loads from HVAC equipment due to an increased R-value. A thorough sealing of ductwork with mastic in conjunction with a foam tight building envelope reduces heat loss and heat gain.
Materials and Resources:
All apartments were built using advanced framing techniques such as three-stud corners and finger jointed walls. These methods use less material without sacrificing structural integrity. Materials such as brick, shingles, concrete, aggregates, and carpet are all locally or regionally produced. The site also exhibits recycled concrete for roads and parking areas as well as FSC certified wood. Additionally, the community participates in a recycling program through Waste Industries.

Indoor Air Quality:
Each homeowner was provided a copy of a “Resident’s Guide to Green”: an informational manual with instructions on how to operate their new green home. Carbon Dioxide detectors are located within each apartment as are ERV’s with continuous outdoor air ventilation. Green Label Plus Carpet installed in the units is designed to trap allergens for easy vacuuming and is also manufactured with low VOC content. All paints used received Green Seal Certification assuring high indoor air quality ratings. A 48-hour pre-occupancy flush was performed before tenants were allowed to move in. The closed-cell foam retards moisture, air, pollen, and dust infiltration and contains a special mold and mildew inhibitor. Ductwork was sealed off during construction for indoor contaminate control.

Tim McGuan, Clancy & Theys

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