Although new technologies are constantly be developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and on the natural environment, began Richard Bergman as we toured his latest design at 124 N. Cayuga Rd. in the Village of Williamsville.
Of the four homes built on the one-acre site, two ranch plans remain with the model highlighting approximately 1,700 square feet of living space. Situated at the end of a quiet and private street (there is no through traffic), the property overlooks the 20-acre state park.
For many years, Bergman’s innovative homes have been examples of adaptable and sustainable building concepts from siting the home to the selection of home product to the actual construction and the operation of the home by the family.
For example, the foundation uses engineered basement walls that are manufactured in a factory and arrive on site waterproofed and insulated. "With eight-foot high basement walls, egress window, and being pre-studded and insulated, it is easy to build basement rooms," added Bergman, who worked with concept drawings and input from architect Tim Kuponski.
The main level is entered without steps for easy accessibility. Hardwood flooring throughout the home allows for easy movement if a wheelchair or walker might some day be needed — a plus for those considering aging in place.
The foyer opens to a den at the left; French doors provide privacy. The open floor plan showcases a great room with 11.5-foot ceiling height and crown moulding. The interior is by Dorothy Hoffman Bergman Design.
The dining area and U-shaped kitchen are nearby for a large entertainment space. The dinette opens to the backyard deck with Trek surface.
The kitchen features granite countertops, glass backsplash, and stainless-steel and energy-efficient appliances. The first-floor laundry room is between the kitchen and the door to the two-car garage.
On the other side of the home, a private hallway leads to the two bedrooms and baths.
The home is filled with natural light," said Bergman, who is a certified green and Energy Star® builder. "The Pella windows are high-energy rated with low-E coating and argon gas filled.
Green products were used in construction including low-VOC paint, glues, hardwood, siding and roofing. Icyenne spray foam insulation plus fiberglass provide a higher insulation rating.
A geo-thermal earth energy heating and cooling system has been used, he said.
It takes the energy from below the surface to heat and cool the house. With this system, fossil fuel is not used to heat the house.
The model is priced in the $420s. As a patio-style home, the house has condo status for reduced taxes. An association takes care of property services.
Located in the heart of Williamsville, this walkable community highlights everyday services and restaurants. It is a short drive to the airport and a 15- to 20-minute trip to downtown Buffalo.
To visit, take Main Street east of Union Road and turn onto N. Cayuga. The model is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment by calling 626-1919 or visit: HeartlandHomesInc.com.