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Abode February 2017: Latitude 38 Experiments with the Horizonal

Check out a nice piece on our recent Riverside Avenue house in Cville’s Abode.

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Best of Cville 2016

Best of Cville 2016

Thanks to everyone who voted to recognize Latitude 38 in our community! A total surprise. We did not even know we were nominated! Please excuse Joey’s verbose treatise here.

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Abode November 2015: Before and After

Check out this month’s Abode for beautiful photos of our most recent house on 5th St SW in Fifeville. On stands now! Online version here.

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Top Ten Most Energy Efficient Homes of the Year

Last week Earthcraft Virginia recognized Latitude 38 for building two of its Top Ten Most Energy Efficient Homes of the Year at 776 Ridge Street and 413 10 1/2 Street, both in Charlottesville. We are excited to build to Earthcraft’s high standards of measuring:

  • Site Planning
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Durability and Moisture Management
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • High Performance Building Envelope
  • Energy Efficient Systems
  • Water Efficiency
  • Education and Operations
  • Innovation

Having third party verification of our construction through preliminary and confirmed energy modeling, design review, a pre-drywall inspection, a blower door test, and a final inspection, makes us stay on top of our game. We appreciate our relationship with our local auditor, John Semmelhack from Think Little, who helps keep pushing us to use new science to make our homes ever more comfortable, energy efficient, high performance homes. If you have any questions about Earthcraft Virginia, please contact us!


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Cottage sealing up

We are building a small accessory cottage at 318 Oak Street behind the house we recently renovated. This will be available for rent around April 1. Just 16′ x 24′, with a loft over the kitchen and bathroom, and a bump out with a twin daybed and kitchen table bench seating, the cottage will be a perfect spot for someone wanting a unique personal space with ample space for outside gardening and a deck for hanging out.

Attached are a few photos showing some details of how the house is built for exceptional comfort and energy efficiency. Here are some details:

  • The conditioned crawl space is only open to the inside of the house.
  • We hand painted the exterior of the concrete foundation (which we formed and poured on site) with a Sampson water proofing tar.
  • All exterior OSB plywood seams are sealed with Siga Wigluv tape
  • All interior penetrations are sealed with Siga Rissan tape
  • All exterior walls wrapped in 2″ Cellofoam Polyshield Type II

We will be posting more finish details shortly. Stay tuned!


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Mitsubishi Electric case study

Jeff and Joey’s own home at 6th Street SW has just been featured as a case study in the Mitsubishi Electric website. It is a nice summary of our HVAC system (with a few nice photos too), if that kind of thing interests you. I don’t think we ever officially announced that this house received Passive House certification, which is a quite rare 3rd party environmental building standard in the US, but quite widespread in Europe. Passive House design focuses on the envelope of the building, which is about 11″ in the 6th Street SW house. With double studs, Serious (now Alpen) triple pane windows, and copious amounts of cellulose insulation, our heating and cooling system is quite minimal. We have ductless wall-mounted units on the ground and first floors, and a ducted mini-split on the second floor for the bedrooms. Our house stays exceptionally warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We have a lot of cross breeze in the house as well, through thoughtfully placed windows.


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Solarize Charlottesville Info Event July 29

Solar power for homes will be easier and more affordable than ever July through September 2014 thanks to Solarize Charlottesville, a grassroots, community-based outreach initiative sponsored by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in partnership with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the UVA Community Credit Union. Solarize Charlottesville is a one-stop-shop for community members to learn more about solar power options for their homes and facilitate the installation and financing of their own project. Through bulk purchasing and free solar site assessments, Solarize Charlottesville puts solar within reach.

Benefits of Program:

  • Free Solar Site Assessments
  • Lower than ever solar pricing and affordable financing
  • Qualified local solar installers and high performance systems

If you live in a Latitude 38 home, please contact Joey to find more out about your options for connectivity.

UVA Community Credit Union Seminar

July 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Is solar right for you? Learn about solar energy and new opportunities to turn solar into savings. We’ll show you how to “crunch the numbers” and review other non-financial factors to help determine if solar is right for you. We’ll provide information on local rebates and tax incentives. Plus, we cover the benefits of participating in the Solarize Charlottesville campaign (for City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County homeowners) which will offer bulk discount pricing on solar installation and reduced rate financing options. Presented by our area’s non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), solar installation experts, and the Credit Union. Register here

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First Time Homebuyer Savings Account

HB 331 – Establishing First Time Homeowners Savings Plans

Virginia just passed a new law allowing people hoping to be first time homeowners to create a saving account that is free from state income tax to use towards a down payment. The law will go into effect July 1, 2014. Keep an eye out for more info. See link above for legislative detail.

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Open House

Open House
Sunday, April 13, 2014
413 10 1/2 Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Stop by Sunday afternoon to check out our most recent project, which is For Sale. If you have any questions, please contact Joey at 434-806-7871.

Directions: Go west on Preston Avenue, then merge onto Grady Avenue after light in front of Martin Hardware. Take first left from Grady onto 10 1/2 Street NW. 2nd house on right across from community garden. Park in driveway or on street right in front of house.

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Abode February 2014: From Start to Finnish

Check out this month’s Abode for coverage on a modern white kitchen we built last year in Belmont on Druid Avenue. On stands now, or read here: Abobe February 2014 From Start to Finnish

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