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The TreeHouse Project

A pilot project for a new green equivalency tool between U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes and Build it Green's GreenPoint Rated programs, The Tree House Project in Studio City, California is slated to be the first dual-rated green home in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. The project was constructed in partnership with a regional utility company through their Advanced Home Case Study Program.

Spearheaded by the green consulting firm Vision Development, The Tree House is 2,400 square feet, with four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and has been designed and oriented to maximize passive heating and cooling strategies. Among the many home building products used in the construction of The Tree House Project were AFM Safecoat's Polyureseal BP for the stairs, breakfast bar and the home's exposed beams; MetalCoat metal primer; New Wallboard Primecoat for the drywall and AFM Safecoat flat and eggshell paint.

Regarding his decision to incorporate AFM Safecoat products into his home, Marty Meisler, Vision Development's certified sustainable building advisor, says, Indoor air quality and the health of my family are the biggest drivers for me in deciding to build green and to choose AFM Safecoat's family of products. As a builder, though, I am equally impressed with the lack of off-gassing from AFM Safecoat's no-VOC products as well as the quality and coverage of their primers and finishes. When we first showed the house, visitors were astonished to learn that the hallways had been painted just an hour earlier.

Take a look at The Tree House Project here.

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