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The Nest: Sustainability is beautiful!

3.23.12 by the Green Hammer Team

Sustainability is beautiful!
The NEST: If a thermostat can be this stylish and smart, what s next?

At least two of Green Hammer s trend-setting clients are among the delighted and proud new owners of Nest learning thermostats.

Designed by former Apple engineers, the Nest is reminiscent of Apple s elegantly simple designs. Its intuitive use conceals its sophisticated functionality. It is a thermostat that learns and responds to how you live and the weather outside. We think it s a great idea a thermostat that just works and doesn t require active management or an engineering degree to operate!

Jennifer Viviano, a design professional, was drawn to the Nest s blend of style, usability, and functionality. She s had the Nest for a few weeks and welcomed us over to see it in action and check out her recently completed Green Hammer remodel!

The Nest is indeed easy to use, with a turn of the dial or light push on the surface, you can change the temperature or switch to any of your preset settings. Right on the device, you can go back in time to see your energy history. It analyzes the energy history to tell you how long your heating system ran and if was affected by weather or your own actions. You can connect it to your home internet service, tap into the Nest on your smart phone, and control your settings away from the house. Jennifer remarked that the device was so easy to use that she s confident they will use the features to monitor and reduce their energy use.

As Jennifer s husband discovered, the Nest motion detector is very sensitive. Get up in the middle of the night for a glass of water and the Nest will think you re awake!

Several of Green Hammer s talented staff contributed to this gorgeous remodel. Architectural designer Katie Foote developed the renovation plans to open the kitchen, dining, and living rooms and create a space-efficient layout. Cabinet-makers Leland Gilmore and Nick Sommerheiser built stunning full height cabinets of FSC-certified Alder and adjustable shelves and drawers. The Home Performance team led the Clean Energy Works-funded energy retrofit and Construction Manger Matt Greer, shepherded the project from start to finish. The details make the project black, satin finish granite countertops contrast with sea blue recycled glass tiles. The cabinet handles are slim and the most affordable type of custom design available. Trim boards were salvaged and incorporated into the new design. One of their favorite features is a custom organizing station, where mail, phone, keys, and other essentials are stored.

Thank you for the tour Jennifer!

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