A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress.
When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old West Side Historic District, he wrote on his blog: “come true: drafty old windows, lead paint, zero insulation, a half-century old furnace, asbestos siding, a gas powered mower in the shed and even a few pieces of coal scattered around the back yard. What more could a couple ask for?”
Grocoff knew that old homes use even more than their fair share of the energy pie, but “using resources to build big new green homes to save resources just seems ironic,” he said. After all, there are 130 million existing homes in the U.S. and half were built before 1972.
Grocoff’s goal was to take an existing home in a …