Builder: THRIVE Collaborative, Matt Grocoff
Native Landscape: Drew Laithin
Edible Landscape: Nature Nuture
Electrical: Dan's Electric - Dan Delzoppo
Lighting Design: THRIVE Collaborative
Interior Design: THRIVE Collaborative
Net Zero Water: UM BLUElab
Solar Energy Consulting: SUR Energy / THRIVE Collaborative
Key Sub Contractors:
Window Restoration: Wood Window Repair, Lorri Sipes
Rain Harvest Gutters: Green Oak Gutters
Kitchen Cabinetry: Branch Hill Joinery
Local Sawyer: Tervol Wood Products
Wall Insulation: Farmers Insulation
Attic Insulation: Arbor Insulation
Water Filtration: Reynolds Water
Rainwater Harvesting Consulting: Stark Rainwater Harvesting / Dave Stark
Metal Roofing: Quality Edge / Matterhorn Metal Roofing
Permeable Drive: Purus Ecoraster
When Matt and Kelly Grocoff first bought the Victorian-era Gauss house, it was their dream house . . . complete with lead paint, asbestos siding, zero insulation (except for a layer of newspaper in the attic dated 1902), a 1957 gas furnace, a fridge from 1989, and carpet over the old heart pine floors.
Matt was inspired by the vision of Ray Anderson, the self-proclaimed “radical industrialist” and Chairman and Founder of Interface, Inc. the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpets. In 1994, after reading Paul Hawken’s “The Ecology of Commerce” Ray experienced an epiphany and challenged his company to begin a journey toward a positive environmental footprint. Matt founded the THRIVE Collaborative and set out on a Mission Zero of his own to create elegant, nature-rich homes that harvest 100% of their own energy, 100% of their own water, create zero waste and are restorative to the communities in which they inhabit.
In 2015, the home became the first building in Michigan and the first in a cold climate to achieve Net Zero Energy Certification under the strict standards of the Living Building Challenge.
The basement foundation walls are original to the home and made of cut stone block and is are partially below grade. The rim joist cavity was filled with spray foam. However,though the stone foundation walls were left uninsulated.
Original historic doors. Library Type 1-3/8 Wd solid core. Added weatherstripping. (Are you seeing a theme here? Optimization is more important than efficiency. It's not about perfection, it's about performance.)