BASF Near Zero Energy Home
EP Henry ECO Pavers contributed to a gold LEED rating awarded to BASF from the U.S. Green Building Council for its Better Home, Better Planet: Near-Zero Energy Home, constructed in Paterson, New Jersey. This high performance home, which served as a model for the City of Paterson's ongoing effort to build 3,000 units of affordable housing, featured a driveway constructed with EP Henry ECO permeable interlocking concrete pavers.
The BASF Near-Zero Energy Home was recognized for its increased durability, affordability, ease of construction and improvements in indoor environmental health and comfort. The home was selected to participate in a stringent peer review as part of the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental Design for Homes (USGBC LEED-H) pilot program launched in 2005 to promote the design and construction of high-performance, green homes.
The 2,900 square foot, 3-story home implemented over 80 sustainable strategies, including the application of EP Henry ECO Pavers as a permeable paving material. Following exhibition, the single family house - which was equipped with a built-in, oversized garage with an elevator to the second floor, wheelchair ramps, and a specially designed suite for a handicapped individual - was donated to a local, nonprofit charitable organization, St. Michael's Housing Corporation. The group subsequently turned over the home to Richard Sosa, a young quadriplegic, and his family, to accommodate their need for a permanent home capable of handling Richard's medical condition.