Marvin and Integrity Windows and Doors featured in Showcase Home and Matching Kid’s Playhouse

Marvin and Integrity Windows and Doors featured in Showcase Home and Matching Kid’s Playhouse

The 2010 Southern Building Show, which features its annual showcase home, inspired a children’s playhouse – a miniature copy of a bold, innovative sustainable home design featuring Marvin window and doors products.

Every year the Southern Building Show in Atlanta features an innovative and inspiring showcase home. This May’s show did not disappoint, offering another exciting home design including Marvin windows and doors. Known as the Midtown Green House, this year’s project features green construction and will seek EarthCraft, LEED and ENERGY STAR certification, as well as following the NAHB Green Building Standard. From the concrete foundation to the green roof with garden, this eco home’s bold, mid-century style combines converging planes of glass, stacked stone and stucco and an asymmetrical, loft-style floor plan. This private residence is located in Atlanta’s Midtown section, known for its eclectic architectural style. Click here to see photos.

The AVI team of consultants worked with architect Joel Kelly Design, builder The Hoots Group, and building engineers to ensure the Marvin Clad French doors, Casement windows and Direct Glaze Polygon windows met structural, architectural and energy efficiency requirements. All windows and doors featured LoE3-366®glass, contributing to the home’s sustainable design. The technology behind these windows is especially effective at keeping the sun’s heat out in warmer climates where cooling costs are high, such as Atlanta area homes. “And thanks to Marvin’s design flexibility, the windows look just as beautiful in this contemporary design as they do with traditional décor, said Peter Diehl,” sales manager for AVI.

Building on the excitement generated by this showcase home, The Hoots Group built a kid’s playhouse which also debuted at the Southern Building Show. The Hoots Group provides home performance improvements to existing homes and well as building new homes with a “whole-house” approach to achieve healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient results for homeowners.

The playhouse will be raffled off as a charity benefit for the HomeAid Atlanta’s Project Playhouse 2010 event, which takes place at The Avenue Forsyth in Cumming from September 25 through October 23. HomeAid Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates multi-unit transitional housing for homeless families and individuals in the metro Atlanta area. Through the building industry’s generous support, HomeAid has built or renovated nearly 1,000 shelters. An article in the Atlanta Building News featured the HomeAid playhouse event this past May.

This stunning miniature copy of the showcase home incorporated the same mid-century contemporary design and green architecture translated into a kid-friendly funhouse with an artificial turf cool roof, a roof-top terrace, and a roomy loft accessible by ladder. Keeping with the original design’s sophistication, the playhouse also includes faux stone and stucco facades, spray foam insulated walls, high grade hardwood interiors and energy efficient Integrity® from Marvin Casement windows donated by AVI.

“We’re pleased to contribute to such a great cause, plus Integrity windows fit the green aspect of this project perfectly,” said Peter Diehl.

Integrity windows and doors are made of Ultrex®, a pultruded fiberglass window material whose main ingredient is sand, a safe, renewable resource. In addition, Integrity’s manufacturing process incorporates steps to protect the environment. The fact that Integrity’s Ultrex fiberglass construction is exceptionally strong and long lasting means they require less window replacement and upkeep, reducing wasted building materials that must be land filled and decreasing the need for solvent-based paints. From start to finish, Integrity’s sustainable design contributes to a greener future.


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