Green Dwell Home II Moving Forward


The latest Dwell has an article by Geoff Manaugh on the Dwell Home II.  After four years in "home design and permitting," homeowners Glen Martin and Claudia Plasencia have broken ground.  They're moving forward with construction.  The homeowners are building this design from Escher GuneWardena Architecture, which they chose because sustainability was presented as "an integrated system," as opposed to as an afterthought.  Here are a few of the home's green elements:


  • Abundant natural light with 360-degree wraparound veranda;
  • Optimized site exposure for winter and summer sun;
  • Backyard leach field without a city sewage connection;
  • Roof with greenery, solar, solar thermal, and hydronic roof radiators;
  • Facade holes that naturally ventilate the underbelly of the home; and
  • Movable and fixed shade devices that provide privacy and ventilation.

When you get your copy of Dwell in May, you may notice slightly different renderings.  The newest renderings have a larger rooftop solar system and do not show the solar chimneys.  There's likely been a few design changes over four years, so we'll keep you posted as the design becomes a reality. 



Rendering credits: Escher GuneWardena Architecture.

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  • Jonas Blake

    This is great, but what we really need is the renovation of existing home to be green. The fact that there in not even a LEED standard for this bothers me a lot. There are millions of homes out there that are already built, and making even small changes in a large number of them will have a huge impact on the environment.

  • Portland Real Estate

    Great house. I really hope their dream comes true. That would be a beautiful place to live. I especially like that it catches the winter sun, my current house is terrible at that.

  • Concourse E


    The fact that it’s not LEED doesn’t mean it’s not being built green. Don’t regurgitate the USGBC marketing. LEED is really green for dummies. For the people that know what they’re doing and have sustainability as their main priority in designing; LEED often is more of an encumbrance than anything else. The prescriptive approach will always water-down any lateral thinking.

    Aside from the entire facade being glass (seems the architect is a big Philip Johnson fan) the house appears to ‘greener’ than the average home. Don’t know of many homes (LEED or otherwise) that have green roofs and solar PV systems (present writer excluded). I’m LEED AP so if anyone should be a cheerleader for LEED then it should be me. Unfortunately for the USGBC, I’m a bigger cheerleader for the planet so LEED more often than not takes distant second when it comes to truly sustainable priorities.

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