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Green Hammer recognized by Forest Stewardship Council® for LEED-Platinum custom home in Southern Oregon

11.26.13 by the Green Hammer Team
Green Hammer has been honored by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC) for its commitment to using FSC-certified wood products and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. Green Hammer Founder and CEO Stephen Aiguier accepted the 2013 Design & Build with FSC Honorable Mention Award at Greenbuild in Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. 

Green Hammer was recognized by FSC for its efforts to incorporate FSC-certified wood products into a stunning modern home it recently completed in Southern Oregon. With a strong commitment from the homeowner, Green Hammer sourced all of the materials used in the structure of the house with FSC-certified wood products. As one of the only custom builders in the United States with a Chain of Custody Certificate from FSC, Green Hammer provided a Chain of Custody FSC Certificate for the project. The Fineline Custom Home is the third structure in the nation to achieve this milestone.  

“Each year the pool of candidates gets stronger, and this year was no different,” said Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council US. “The jury was really impressed by all of the projects recognized,” he added. 

The award for residential project of the year went to Desert Rain in Bend, Ore., and the commercial building of the year went to Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh.  

“Projects such as the Fineline Custom Home keep us energized because they help demonstrate the tangible value of builder FSC Chain of Custody Certification and highlight the fact that builders play a key role in building market demand for sustainable forestry products,” said Green Hammer’s Aiguier. 

He added that competitive certifications such as FSC have the potential to create more reasons for forest managers to adopt management practices that help maintain forests' biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes while creating valuable, good-paying jobs. Green Hammer has an ultimate goal to eventually use FSC-certified wood exclusively in the design and construction of all homes, additions and structures that the company completes.

“This project is already helping raise awareness about the importance of responsible forest management, and it will continue to raise awareness for years to come,” said Michael Spatzek, Green Hammer Project Manager for the Fineline Custom Home.

The Fineline Custom Home achieved another significant milestone this week, when Green Hammer received confirmation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that the Fineline Custom Home achieved LEED-Platinum certification, the highest ranking possible within the USGBC’s internationally acclaimed LEED for Homes rating system.

Designed by Green Hammer’s award-winning architect, Jan Fillinger, the Fineline Custom Home was designed and built with unprecedented precision – from the interior finishes to the state-of-the-art lighting and heating systems. The home was built according to the Passive House design principles, incorporating state-of-the-art building science. As a result, it is expected to be well over 60 percent more efficient than a typical home of comparable size. 

Other sustainable design aspects of the project include:
•Zehnder high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator.
•Daikin air-to-air heat pump.
•German-made UNILUX triple paned, gas-filled windows. 
•LED lighting (more than 80 percent of lighting in home). 
•Low-flow water fixtures.
•Garage with a green roof.
•Native, drought-resistant plants. 
•On-site stormwater management.
•Advanced monitoring system that allows homeowners to track their energy usage information. 


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