Boral USA recently provided 35,000-plus bricks from its Terre Haute, Ind., plant for The Proud Green Home of Louisville, part of the sustainable Norton Commons community in Kentucky’s largest city. Known as Su Verde (Italian for ‘About Green’), the deep green project was designed by architect Clive Pohl of Lexington, Ky.-based Pohl Rosa Pohl, and constructed by Louisville’s Sy Safi of UberGreen Spaces & Homes.
Principals will seek U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum Passive House certification, along with recognition their project aligns with the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Standard and U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready program. To those ends, Su Verde builders are using energy-efficient, sustainable building materials including foam insulation in the footers and foundation; LOGIX insulating concrete forms for the wall assembly; geothermal heating and cooling; and, sustainably manufactured Boral Bricks.
“The Proud Green Home of Louisville perfectly encapsulates [our] longstanding commitment to sustainability and its benefits for builders and homeowners,” says Boral Cladding Division Director of Marketing Crysta Thomas.
The company delivered Vintage Port bricks from the Terre Haute Collection, produced at the only U.S. brick plant to carry LEED Gold certification—owing especially to the use of methane gas from a nearby landfill as an alternative fuel source. In addition, the facility is a zero-waste operation where nearly all materials used are recycled into new brick, and shale used in the brick-making process is reclaimed from a nearby coal mine.