The Green Builder Green Home of the Year Award winner for most resilient design was announced this spring. The New York home is being called resilient and ready because after the original structure was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the homeowners decided to rebuild their home the right, sustainable way. 

Here are four of the 3,600-square-foot home’s green features and benefits.

  1. The home is built to LEED® Platinum certification and a HERS Index Score of 24.
  2. Ninety percent of the home’s building materials are from the waste stream.
  3. Built on 130 pilings 14 feet above sea level, the home’s foundation is secure if another major storm hits.
  4. The homeowners are protected with an Uponor AquaSAFE™ fire sprinkler system

Three reasons Uponor PEX fire sprinkler systems are a sustainable choice.

1.    PEX fire sprinkler systems save lives.

A typical home can be engulfed in flames in five minutes and without sprinklers, a home can burn for an additional 15 minutes before firefighters arrive, but a single sprinkler can control, and in many cases extinguish, a fire in seconds.

2.    PEX fire sprinkler systems preserve property.

Because a sprinkler system can extinguish a fire in seconds, the amount of building materials and homeowner belongings going to the landfill after a fire severely diminishes. Not to mention, an Uponor AquaSAFE fire sprinkler system sprays just five to 10 gallons of water a minute, which is 95% less water than a firefighter’s hose uses.

3.    PEX fire sprinkler systems reduce greenhouse gases.

A fire sprinkler system reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released into the air during a fire by 97.8%, according to an FM Global Technical Report. This is because fewer materials burn which reduces pollutants.

To learn more about the products and people involved in the 2016 Green Home of the Year Award winner for Best Resilient Design, read Green Builder Media’s article.