ATLANTA – When Atlanta builder John Beach, Partner of Paces Construction, embarked upon transforming an elegantly designed charming 1930's Buckhead residence into a "Green House", he undertook the first such renovation of a luxury home in the city. His meticulous attention to detail and adherence to every aspect of environmental protection led him to complete almost 200 points of the Earthcraft certification program, 60 points above the requirement. According to Earthcraft, the John Beach-renovated home at 3060 West Pine Valley Road, just off Argonne and Habersham Roads, is the largest renovated house to achieve certification since the program was initiated.
According to Jody Abstance, President of Dorsey Alston Realtors, "John Beach has creatively updated this fine home to exceed the expectations of today's luxury home buyer and has provided this and future three or four generations with a green home incorporating the best in energy and environmental efficiency." Leading Dorsey Alston agent Anne Morris, exclusive representative for the property, added, "John Beach's West Pine Valley residence is also a 'smarthome', with structured wiring and a computer-phone-cable-internet househub along with multiple cables to every room. He has maintained the home's graciousness and warmth while translating it into a model of green living."
John Beach explained the technology for a 'smarthome' in greater detail, noting, "structured wiring systems have been installed, including a housewide low-voltage wiring harness with patch panels in laundry room walls. Each room has at least one CAT-5 network wire (Ethernet), multiline phone wire suitable for phone or DSL, and broadband coax suitable for cable, cable modem and satellite. The patch panel includes punchdown blocks to interconnect whichever systems the owner chooses, space for coax distribution amp, Ethernet router, switch or hub, and power."
When John Beach initiated the innovative process of spraying closed-cell spray foam insulation into the walls at the residence, he invited Jody Abstance and Anne Morris to watch this high-tech process in action. Among energy, water and building efficiency resources used in the residence to lead towards a more sustainable future, John Beach has also incorporated:
- roof insulation to condition the exterior shell
- sealing and insulating all ductwork using mastic as opposed to duct tape
- installation of 3 extra high-efficiency furnaces to SEER-14 specifications and external fresh air ventilation to air systems
- 2 high-efficiency water heating systems
- insulated skylight for natural lighting
- removal of exterior wall sheetrock to seal walls and add insulation
John Beach pointed to "the new floor system engineered by Weyerhaeuser to use less lumber and engineered materials with low VOC's, or volatile organic compounds, for wall sheathing and roof decking and Bluwood for anti-mold and bacteria growth in framing, both important to environmental protection and resource savings."
John Beach and his fellow partner Richard Everett, Jr. have established Paces Construction to provide the highest quality in new construction and remodeling of Buckhead residential properties. The partners, classmates and graduates of The Lovett School, share a commitment to the community. John Beach has served as a skilled supervisor for Habitat for Humanity and is Vice Chairman of the National Association of Homebuilders Remodelers Council. Concentrating on ecological issues, John Beach initiated a Builder's Surplus Sale last year to help recycle and limit what goes into landfills. "I'm concerned about our rates of consumption and pollution not dominating our legacy to our children," he said. "At our house, my wife and I even have a pet billy goat ,named Tasha, who loves eating weeds around our yard. She was a gift from a neighbor a few years ago, and she's a wonderful family pet and a real environmentalist although she doens't know it!"
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