Green Building in Uptown

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Sustainable Design Demonstration House in Uptown!

The Center for Sustainable Design at the University of Memphis built their demonstration house in Memphis’ Uptown neighborhood. The TERRA home (Technologically and Environmentally Responsive Residential Architecture) is was completed at the northeast corner of North Main and Greenlaw.

The two-story, 1,500-square-foot home was one of the first in the region built to conform to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED guidelines for homes. The home’s construction features energy efficient and environmentally responsible techniques, materials, appliances and fixtures. The house also adheres to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division’s EcoBUILD program and to the American Lung Association’s Health House standards.

The design, presentation drawings and construction documents for the project were all produced by University of Memphis students with input from faculty and professional advisors. Students will also have the opportunity to work on the project during the construction phase. After construction is completed, the garage will function as a temporary classroom for seminars that will be offered to design and construction professionals as well as members of the public who are interested in learning more about the principles of sustainable design.

U of M President Shirley Raines noted, “This project is truly an interdisciplinary learning initiative and has engaged students and instructors from more than five academic programs at the University of Memphis including architecture, interior design, graphic design and photography programs.”

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How Uptown Homes Helps Fight Rising Utility Bills!

No matter the time of year, whether it may be the sweltering heat of August or the wintery chill of February, you may be worried about your rising energy costs, but Uptown Homes can provide buyers some relief!

All Uptown Homes are built to MLGW EcoBUILD standards. EcoBUILD is a new voluntary "green building" program created by Memphis Light, Gas and Water to stimulate energy and environmental awareness through the promotion and use of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technology, materials and techniques in new construction.

EcoBUILD homes are designed to be 30% more energy-efficient than typical residential construction in Shelby County. To accomplish this, participating builders follow a set of EcoBUILD guidelines to meet key energy and environmental goals. By following these guidelines, builders can construct homes that use less energy and water, while providing greater occupant comfort. Of course this also means lower utility bills month after month!

Recent statistics just released by MLGW prove that Uptown Homes and EcoBUILD are saving homeowners more than ever! On average, in a new Uptown home, owners are saving:

34% Electricity Energy Savings
56% Gas Energy Savings

Inquire about an Uptown Home now and learn how you can help the environment and your bottom line!

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Plant Trees Now and Save!

Did you know that three well-placed trees can help reduce your home's heating and cooling bills by as much as 20 percent? Help your trees save money and energy by choosing the Right Site!

The number one cause of electrical outages in the Memphis area is damage to power lines caused by falling tree limbs. Don't be left in the dark when it comes to tree planting! MLGW and Uptown Memphis encourage smart tree-planting:

Don't plant trees near or under power lines.

Deciduous trees, such as Oak and Maple, shed their leaves in the fall. They provide energy-saving shade in the summer, while letting the winter sun shine through to reduce heat demand. Plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home to capitalize on their energy-saving value.

Coniferous trees, such as Pine and Fir, retain needles year-round. These evergreens are best placed on the north and west sides of your home to provide a winter windbreak. A properly-designed windbreak consisting of low shrubs or a fence and tall trees, can reduce air infiltration losses by as much as 60 percent.

Plant a deciduous tree near your air conditioning compressor. In the summer, the shade will lower the temperature around the compressor, helping it operate more efficiently. Place the tree far enough away from the unit so that leaves will not clog air intake panels and roots will not interfere with operation.

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