Platinum Style Green Home Renovation

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Just look at the before and after photos of this green home and you'll see a couple critical renovation strategies: (1) get rid of water-sucking grass without making your landscaping look crazy, and (2) keep the same size and scale of your home rather than building it into a monstrosity.  This home, located at 8020 S.W. Elmwood Street in Southwest Portland, is expected to receive the rare designation of LEED Platinum certification and is now listed for sale at $850,000.  Here are some of its green elements:

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  • Tight envelope with spray foam insulation;
  • Replaced windows with Pella fiberglass windows;
  • Installed an indoor air exchange system (due to tight envelope);
  • Installed a closed-loop, ground-source heat pump;
  • Installed a 3 kW, grid-tied solar photovoltaic system;
  • Used leftover porcelain, reclaimed wood, and scraps for mantle;
  • Used FSC woods, including in the kitchen;
  • Installed Energy Star appliances; and
  • Installed water-efficient landscaping and a rain garden. 

In addition, according to the Daily Journal of Commerce, 99% of construction waste was recycled.  All in all, this is a fantastic green home renovation, which will most certainly become fodder for the masses to get going with their own homes.  The home's green design is by Paolo Design Group; construction by Green Hammer Construction; and landscaping by DeSantis Landscapes.

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Photo credits: Paolo Design Group


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  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Portland Real Estate

    Wow! Thats amazing. Everything was reclaimed, and the house looks great on the inside. Im not too keen on the outside look though.

  • http://www.badeconomy.ca Bad Economy

    In this economy, it is good to use recycled stuff rather than buy new.

  • trellis23

    I’m always torn about posts like these. While I obviously think it’s good to do things that increase energy conservation, redecorating is hardly a green project. So what if your current cupboards, paint, flooring, etc. aren’t made from “green materials,” replacing them with recycled products doesn’t make you environmentally conscious, it makes you wasteful and a typical consumer. Use what you have until it’s unusable anymore.

  • http://www.sleepys.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/MCategory_10602_10120_-1_10551 tempurpedic

    I love the way that house was redecorated. It looks great.

  • http://www.ashcreekhouse.com/ Darcie

    It is actually listed for $595,000 now!

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    Nice blog post highlighting a local green remodel! All in all, this is a fantastic green home renovation, which will most certainly become fodder for the masses to get going with their own homes.

  • Kyle Johnson87

    who was the architect on this project

  • http://www.whitegoodsservice.com/ Appliance repairs

    Nice blog post highlighting a local green remodel!

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