Go Green

Groom Construction Company is a leader in sustainable building practices and LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings that consume less energy, create less waste and provide a healthier, more comfortable environment.

Additionally, through our affiliate, Groom Energy Solutions, we can provide a full spectrum of energy-efficient systems and services to industrial, commercial, retail and institutional facilities across the United States, including the integration of building systems and sustainable construction materials.

We are a customer-focused entity that has always relied heavily on our reputation for delivering effective solutions nationwide. We consult, advise, install and maintain technology, which saves our clients money and gives them a more competitive edge.

The first LEED for Homes project on Boston’s North Shore.

The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED rating system to serve as the national industry standard for the definition and measurement of “green building”. LEED for Homes promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes, which use less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste, and are healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. The superiority of a LEED home is achieved through lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to indoor toxins.

In 2008, Groom Construction received certification for the project in the “LEED for Homes” Program. 436 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, Massachusetts, is the first LEED-certified residential project on the North Shore of Boston that meets the U.S. Green Building Council standards for sustainable design and construction. This home also has been designated an ENERGY STAR-labeled home. The ENERGY STAR Home program is a national initiative by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at encouraging energy efficiency. Groom Construction is pleased to have played an integral role in developing this residence, which will serve as an example to the community for building environmentally sound homes.

Originally constructed in 1870, the home has undergone a total rehab over a two-year period. The owners desired to incorporate state-of-the-art energy conservation measures into the three-bedroom oceanfront home. A geothermal-powered HVAC system, highly efficient Icynene  insulation and Marvin  low-e Argon windows were centerpieces, along with radiant floor heating and ENERGY STAR appliances. Other energy efficiency upgrades include a super-store water heater, programmable thermostats, a high-efficiency gas furnace, and an energy recovery ventilation system.

The project also utilized building materials to promote sustainability such as Ecostar  recycled-rubber roofing shingles that are indistinguishable from slate tiles, Ecopavers  for pervious rain drainage of the driveway, WeatherBest  recycled decking material made from reclaimed plastic and waste wood, and built-ins fabricated from Kirei  board, a recycled sorghum product. Walnut floors were chosen as the wood was domestically grown and responsibly harvested. Responsible water usage was addressed with installation of dual flush, high-efficiency toilets, ultra-low water usage washing machine and dishwasher, and a programmable drip irrigation system.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the project to the owners was the integration of systems and materials that would ensure excellent indoor air quality in their new home. To that end, Groom installed highly efficient air exchangers (to bring in fresh air, remove stale air, and recover heat) and a hydrostatic/HEPA Air filtration system. Materials were strictly vetted and included formaldehyde-free plywood for all interior construction, low-VOC caulks, sealants and glues for all finish work, low-VOC paints and finishes for walls, cabinetry and wood floors, cork flooring in basement, and wool carpets with “green” padding. For the kitchen counters, Silestone , a no-VOC product was chosen. Electronic shade fabrics are Green Guard-certified (low emission), and cast-iron (rather than PVC) pipe was installed for all plumbing drainpipes.

Groom Construction began the rehab of in April of 2006 and completed the project in April 2008. Jim Velleco of Grazado Velleco Architects, Marblehead, designed the home, and Heather G. Wells, Ltd. directed all aspects of the project’s interior design.

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For more GREEN information please visit:

Groom Energy Solutions: www.groomenergy.com

U.S. Green Building Council: http://www.usgbc.org

Energy Star Program: www.energystar.gov