LEED-H Silver Kelly Woodford Retreat Near Mt. Hood, Oregon


As one of the first residential LEED homes on the west coast, the Kelly Woodford home is blazing a trail for the future of residential construction.  In addition to its USGBC certification, the home is "net zero energy use" and Energy Star certified.  The 2,000 square-foot, three-bedroom/two-bath retreat has a great view of Mt. Hood and some pretty impressive green features.  Tom Kelly and Barbara Woodford built the home as a family getaway (with the Neil Kelly Company as general contractor), but they’ve also made the home available half the year to Neil Kelly employees to enjoy. 

It’s important to note that some green features work better in one location than another.  Localization is key, not only for the carbon impact, but for what works due to the local weather and climate (i.e., Californians may build sans AC, but that won’t fly in Texas).  This home has an amazing slew of green features, so I’m just going to throw them out:  net-metering photovoltaic panels; south-facing windows + passive solar design to reduce heating/cooling requirements; natural ventilation and proper solar orientation; solar-powered hydronic radiant floor; foot thick SIPs (structural insulated panels) for the roof to insulate against the winter chill; Energy Star-rated appliances; 16 SEER heat pump; CFL lighting throughout the house; two Sterling energy recovery ventilators to keep the air fresh; clean air filtration system; internal finishes from American Clay Plaster, Rhodda Paint’s Green Seal Horizontal line, and Yolo Colorhouse paints; FSC-certified lumber products; concrete with a high percentage of fly ash; 20-30% recycled steel roof with a shingle appearance; wheatboard and reclaimed lumber bath + kitchen cabinets; and recycled counter tops.  That’s just a few green features.  From beginning to end, it’s clear the entire process elevated sustainability to #1.   

Kelly remarked about the home, "When our family, friends and employees enjoy their time here, we want them to know they are living with nature, not in competition with it."  Kelly’s serious, too. He drives a bio-diesel fueled car and thinks residential building is going the direction of green.  Don’t you agree?!

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  • http://www.christopherhaase.com/blog Christopher Haase

    I hardly think “2,000” sqft is “green” model… However, a lot of LEED homes that are sooo far off from “center” most “modern” families would shy away from the “better” choice.

    This home does make a healthy transition from extreme waste home to a marketable and REAL option for a more sustainable lifestyle.

    But, hardly “thinking small”

    For our future… Americans & builders need to find their hearts somewhere in the middle.


  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Hey Chris, thanks for dropping by. You have a good point on the size of a home. In the entire spectrum of consideration when building green, size needs to be a major component of thinking…that said, 2,000 square feet is not that big when thinking about how large Americans live. Is it right? That depends. Who is living in it? A family of 2? 6? 10? 14?

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    New post about this house on Green Options by Philip Proefrock:


  • http://www.green-talk.com Anna Hackman

    Hi Preston-

    I love this article. I have spoken to Tom Kelly before about his kitchen company and this is one passionate man. I am glad you posted it.

    I know that people may not think it is green because of its size but I believe anyone who builds green is showing the world it can be done not matter where or the size. You have to start somewhere and every step is a good step. The world learns by example.

    Also, congrads on your site being named top 10 in Lighter Footsteps. You are doing this all by yourself without a slew of writers to help you and I think this is very commendable!! Keep up the good work. anna hackman,www.green-talk.com

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