R. Michael Cross commissioned to design Richmond’s First LEED Registered Home

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Under the direction of architect R. Michael Cross, LEED AP, Hollyport Ventures LLC is rehabilitating a home at 4600 Augusta Ave. in the City if Richmond. On March 30, 2009, the “Augusta Project” became the first application for residential certification of a Richmond property under the LEED® for Homes program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program is an initiative to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. The Augusta Project, a 1938 structure, was built many years before most of the practices promoted by the LEED for Homes program were created, therefore posing many challenges. The goal of the Augusta Project is to renovate this home to meet the Gold certification level of the LEED for Homes program. By doing so, it will demonstrate that high levels of sustainable design are achievable in simple home additions and are accessible to the average homeowner. Key features of this project will include use of a geothermal heating, cooling and hot water system, passive solar elements, superior insulation, improved water management, efficient lighting fixtures, and other innovative design elements. To qualify for certification, a home must be built following the guidelines set forth by the LEED for Homes program and meet stringent performance and design criteria in eight specific categories. Michael Cross commented, “Even in the current real estate climate, we need to design for the future to ensure our homes are as energy efficient and environmentally responsible as possible. The history of this particular house makes it an outstanding showcase for the way current technologies can be used to upgrade the existing housing stock to the highest levels of performance.” Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2009. In addition to architect R. Michael Cross, LEED AP, the design team will include Marty Felps, president, Delta Temp, providers of geothermal heating and cooling, John Gray, president Peak 3 Construction and Keith Whipple, waterstreetstudio, landscape architecture. Sean Shanley of EarthCraft Virginia will oversee compliance with the requirements of the LEED for Homes program. In addition to planning to meet the LEED for Homes certification, Augusta aims to be an EarthCraft House and meet the EPA sponsored Energy Star, Indoor airPlus and WaterSense requirements.

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New Office in the Superior Production Exchange Building

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R. Michael Cross Design Group has emerged from the basement of the principal architects own home to occupy a small space in the Superior Production Exchange building. The space, not much larger than that which they had previously, exhibits the firms ability to design efficiently and economically.
Based in The Superior Building, a 36,000 square foot warehouse in Richmond's historic Shockoe Bottom, the Superior Production Exchange represents a unique coalition of 18 individual businesses in the city's media production industry. Joining forces, they hope to attract, maintain, and capitalize on energy and creative ambitions from where we live - in the greater Richmond region.
The assembled companies of the Superior Production Exchange boast national level creative and technical talents putting their skills to work right here.

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