Sunday, February 22, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Coastal Living Idea Home Photo Journal

The Coastal Living Idea Home Canal View

Friday, February 13, 2009

Press Release: 2009 Coastal Living Idea Home

Groundbreaking Begins for 2009
Coastal Living Idea Home in I'On Village
LEED certified Courtyard Cottages to be built by Structures Building Company

February 13, 2009 – Mount Pleasant, SC – Today Coastal Living, I’On Group and Structures Building Company celebrated the groundbreaking for the 2009 Idea Home on Jefferson Canal in I’On. Ten years ago, Coastal Living built its first Idea Home in I’On on Sowell Street. Now the prestigious lifestyle publication is coming back to the neighborhood to celebrate a decade of success.

The Idea Home will be built by Structures Building Company, an I’On Guild Custom Builder that was 2007’s Builder of the Year. Steve Kendrick, Structures Building Company Owner says, "as a 10-year resident of the neighborhood, I’m proud to be building this unique home and excited to see the Jefferson Canal project come to fruition in I’On. It is a great opportunity to showcase our green building techniques and spread the word about the economic, environmental, and health benefits of living in a sustainable home.”

The home, located on a reserved property in the heart of the neighborhood, will feature Caribbean style architecture and a uniquely private courtyard. The home will be completed and open for tours in late July through mid-October. Tickets will be available for $10 on site and at I’On Realty. Proceeds from the tours will be donated to a local charitable organization. The furnished home will be offered for sale by I’On Realty and it will be the flagship home among 13 custom home offerings designed as the Courts at Jefferson Canal. A special section on the Idea Home will be featured in the October 2009 issue of Coastal Living.
“Many people mistakenly think that the neighborhood is complete. But there are almost 100 homesites that have not yet been built upon,” said Vincent Graham, President of I’On Group. “The selection of I’On for the 2009 Idea Home is a further testament of the enduring appeal of walkable neighborhoods. Over the last ten years I’On has evolved and improved as each new home adds value to the whole.”
Structures Building Company is an award-winning custom builder specializing in high quality, green-built homes in the Charleston area. I’On Group, is a nationally recognized, award-winning new urban development group based in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Coastal Living is a lifestyle magazine providing a definitive guide to comfort, simplicity and personal style. It is published by Southern Progress Corporation, a subsidiary of Time Inc.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Coastal Living Idea House Photo Journal

Clearing the lot on 102 Latitude Lane, I'On Village, Mount Pleasant SC

Monday, February 9, 2009

NAHB - National Green Building Standard Approved

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 29 --The National Green Building Standard™ for all residential construction work including single-family homes, apartments and condos, land development and remodeling and renovation was approved today by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The approval signals a new era for the nation’s builders, remodelers and developers and also provides an extra measure of reassurance for home buyers, said Joe Robson, a home builder in Tulsa, Okla., and Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
“The National Green Building Standard is now the first and only green building rating system approved by ANSI, making it the benchmark for green homes,” said Ron Jones, who chaired the consensus committee charged with developing the standard.

“The standard provides home builders and remodelers with a much more expansive third-party rating system that they can use to achieve green certification under NAHBGreen and the National Green Building Certification Program,” said Mike Luzier, CEO of the NAHB Research Center.

The Research Center provides certification for NAHBGreen projects, which until now have only included single-family homes. “Consumers are looking for authentic, verifiable green building practices, and now they’ll find them with a true industry consensus standard for residential green building,” Luzier said.

The "Standard" defines what green practices can be incorporated into residential development and construction and how home owners can operate and maintain their green homes.
But the National Green Building Standard also provides for flexibility – allowing home builders and home buyers to make green choices based on climate and geography as well as style preferences and budget.

As part of the stringent process required by ANSI, NAHB and the International Code Council gathered a fully inclusive and representative consensus committee composed of a broad spectrum of builders, architects, product manufacturers, regulators and environmental experts. The work of the consensus committee was administered by the NAHB Research Center, an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

The consensus committee deliberated the content of the standard for more than a year, held four public hearings and evaluated over 3,000 public comments in the development of the standard.

As the owner of Structures Building Company, it was through my own research and curiosity that caused me to take the necessary steps to be one of the first purveyors of the green building movement in the Charleston area. Quite simply, the more I discover and learn about the benefits of building a green home for the health and financial investment of my clients, as well as the environmental stewardship, the more I'm committed to learning and implementing energy conservation practices for the homes we are privileged to build.

Monday, February 2, 2009