Resonance House Takes LEED Silver

Resonance House

Earlier this month, the USGBC awarded LEED Silver certification to the Resonance House, a project designed and built by the collaboration of Design Lab Inc. and University of Kentucky College of Design.  Of note, the Resonance House is the first and only Kentucky home to be certified by the USGBC at the time of certification.  It’s a 4,400 sf home with contemporary finishes and energy efficient elements.  Located at 151 Old Georgetown Street in Lexington, the five-star plus Energy Star home has a small operating cost of 2.8 cents per sf, or ~$125 per month.

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One of the main features of the home is the "Light Vortex" pictured below.  Designed by A. Zahner Company, the Light Vortex is a two-story, zinc-clad figure that covers the fireplace and mechanical core.  The Light Vortex provides a diversion from the home’s contemporary lines and gives the homeowners easy access to mechanical systems. 

The Resonance House has sunscreens and shadow-screens that block out heat during the summer and let it in during the winter.  These passive design elements help keep the home efficiently operating throughout the year.  In addition, the four bedroom home has a slew of other green elements, such as: low-e argon windows, high efficiency lighting fixtures, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs, high density recycled wool cellulose insulation, programmable thermostats, high efficiency electric furnaces and air conditioners, mechanical ventilation, low VOC paint, recycled fiber carpet, hardwood flooring, and use of FSC-certified woods, etc.

The Resonance Home was digitally designed to prioritize easy manufacturing and reduce construction waste.  Materials were laser cut and CNC milled, with scraps finding their way back in the home’s construction.  By doing so, the project generated less than three tons of construction waste (as compared to ~15-18 tons for normal projects). 




According to Metropolis Magazine, the home sold in August 2007 to undisclosed purchasers for whatever the undisclosed asking price was. 

Photo credits: Chris Fieldhouse Photography.

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  • SuperWaterMan

    Great – BUT what about the water conservation piece. Carbon shmarbon, its the water footprint that counts.

    Heating water accounts for the 2nd largest use of energy in a home. Did this home install low flow, efficient showerheads? If not why not.

    Its time to remember, without the blue there is no green.

    • Preston

      You can’t just focus on one thing, you have to look at the whole house an all its systems: water, energy, carbon, environmental impact, air quality, etc. And just because I didn’t mention it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  • greenerguy

    Great looking project. Interesting to know if the new buyers were interested in the house because of the green features or more because of the location or/and design elements.

  • ModKY

    I live in Lexington and have seen this place. It is an awesome home in a not so great part of town which is on the upswing. My only complaint is that it has such a large footprint in comparison to the other homes in the area, most of which are around 100 years old.

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