Velux Sun Tunnel

June 1st, 2009

MJCH would like to introduce our readers to the new Velux Sun Tunnel skylight – the most innovative tubular skylight in the industry!

The new product design delivers brighter and whiter natural light along with easier and faster installation than ever before. Velux Sun Tunnel skylights are ideal for smaller rooms such as closets, hallways, laundry rooms and second baths. You can now add natural light to places you thought were impossible.
The model used at our Green home in Wilmington, NC is the TMF Model. It is a flexible skylight that can be installed quickly around attic obstructions. The TMF Velux Sun Tunnel skylight meets ENERGY STAR approval guidelines for energy efficiency in all climatic regions of the United States.  

solar tubeThe skylight features a ring with a mirror finish just below the dome to reflect light from all angles. The flexible design of the tunnel makes the Model TMF the easiest tubular product to bend around attic obstructions and great for sunny areas.
It also features an innovative one-piece pitched metal flashing that is designed to keep out the elements while providing the optimal angle for gathering light from all directions.

The skylight comes with a pre-assembled ceiling ring and paintable ceiling trim ring to complete any look. Featuring a dual diffuser that reduces the chance of condensation and increases energy efficiency, the skylight provides even light distribution through a frosted diffuser. 

 For more information on this and more Velux products, visit their website!

For the latest on our Green home in the Landfall Community in Wilmington, log into our Progress Portal with the Username “51” and Password “2009”

The Velux Sun Tunnel was installed by Flores & Foley Roofing, LLC of Wilmington, NC.

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the LEED regional credits as part of LEED 2009, the new version of the LEED Green Building Rating System. These LEED credits encourage that specific regional environmental priorities be addressed when it comes to the design, construction and operations of buildings in different geographic locations.

“Because environmental priorities differ among various regions of the country—the challenges in the southeast differ from those in the northwest, for example—regionally specific credits give LEED a way to directly respond to diverse, regionally grounded issues,” says Brendan Owens, vice president of technical development, USGBC. “The inclusion of these regional LEED credits is the Council’s first step toward addressing regional environmental issues.”

With the help of USGBC’s regional councils, chapters and affiliates, credits addressing six specific environmental issues within a region were identified from among the existing LEED credits. In LEED 2009, LEED projects will be able to earn “bonus points” for implementing green building strategies that address the important environmental issues facing their region. A project can be awarded as many as four extra points, with one point each for achieving up to four of the six priority credits.

LEED 2009 is one of the three major components that make up LEED Version 3, the next version of the LEED green building certification program, which launched April 27, 2009. The changes to the LEED rating system reflect the rapid advancements in building science and technology and provides incentives for strategies that have greater positive impacts on energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reductions, among other priorities.

The other components of LEED v3 include a faster, smarter and easier to use LEED Online, the tool for managing the LEED registration and certification process; and a new building certification model administered by the Green Building Certification Institute through a network of internationally recognized independent ISO-accredited certification bodies. To learn more about LEED v3 and to download a region-by-region list of priority credits, visit

Wilmington, NC custom builder Mark Johnson Custom Homes, Inc. has taken into account the Southeastern North Carolina regional aspects in their registered LEED home in the gated community of Landfall Country Club. MJCH hopes to continue to build new homes in Wilmington, NC of this caliber and to attain the highest LEED certification as possible.

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When you work with Mark Johnson Custom Homes, you’ll find dedication to the details. A locally-owned family run business, we offer a professional and courteous staff. We are members of the National Association of Home Builders, Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. Our philosophy is ingrained in detailed planning so we can eliminate costly and time consuming mistakes once we break ground. Our online Client Progress Portal serves as an electronic concierge for our customers by keeping them in the know on the progress of their home from anywhere in the world. We have a knowledgeable team of trade partners and associates that will assist in building the home of your dreams! We hope you will take the time to further acquaint yourself with Mark Johnson Custom Homes at our award-winning web site, and encourage you to contact us for your next home or investment!

“Mark Johnson and his team have worked diligently with us to ensure that our vision of our home would become a reality. His organization, attention to detail, and willingness to address our architectural and design modifications in a supportive manner has made our building process a rewarding experience.”
– Rich and Sharon Novak