Kim Drew, APR
Installation by the Companies of R & S
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Moreland on Trapp, a beautiful, architectural dream of a home located in Miami, Fla., recently earned LEED Platinum for Homes status, due in part to the use of CGI Windows and Doors products throughout the structure. The home is the first LEED Platinum single-family home in the city of Miami.
When Randall Moreland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, designed his home, he did it with the intent to live in it forever. He and his wife hold similar sustainable values, and they wanted their home to both reflect and support this lifestyle. And, it needed to be durable enough to withstand the weather that comes with living in Miami, Fla.
Moreland on Trapp faces southeast and is solar-oriented for panels on the roof. Sustainable elements include a 1,000-gallon rainwater collection tank, two solar-thermal panels for hot water, a solar-thermal pool heating system, and insulated concrete forms – minus the foam insulation on the outside to minimize cracking during a potential hurricane. The 3,400-square-foot property is net zero, and, the house is projected net zero electricity. Built in the Florida vernacular style, the house employs several tools working together to create a natural air conditioning effect, including operable windows, vaulted ceilings, and high-volume/low-speed fans.
Between maintaining a comfortable temperature within the home and keeping the weather at bay, window choice was a key element in the construction of Moreland on Trapp. Research (and previous experience) led Moreland to CGI Windows and Doors, a Miami-based manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and doors. Drawn in by window strength, third-party testing, and verification of impact rating, he chose a mix of awning, casement, and slider profiles for the home.
“Natural ventilation was key, so we chose windows and doors that moved and opened,” said Moreland. “The result was perfect; we know these products are strong, they had the LoE coating we desired, and they look wonderful. Often overlooked in the discussion of environmental quality is sound control and reduction of sound transmittance; the quality build of the CGI Windows and Doors products helps us keep the interior quiet regardless of what’s happening outside.”
For more information on the Moreland on Trapp home, please visit http://www.morelandarch.com/
CGI was established in 1992 and has consistently built a reputation based on designing and manufacturing quality impact resistant products that meet or exceed the stringent Miami-Dade County impact standards. The company has over 200 employees at its manufacturing plant in Miami, Florida. Today the Company continues to lead as an innovator in product craftsmanship, strength and style, and its brands are highly recognized and respected by the architectural community. CGI product lines include the Estate Collection, Sentinel by CGI, Estate Entrances, Commercial Series and Targa by CGI. CGI Windows & Doors is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). For additional information, visit http://www.cgiwindows.com.