Picton Brothers LEED Platinum Home


This beautiful and traditional home is the first LEED Platinum home in Connecticut.  The three bedroom and two bathroom home was designed/built by Jim and Mark Picton, or Picton Brothers, LLC, and was profiled last month by the new folks at GreenBuildingAdvisor.  It's the kind of home that prioritizes design first and expensive green technology second.  Picton Brothers went with a super-insulated envelope — R40 in the walls and R60 in the roof — which definitely helped the home earn a HERS score of 30, Five Star + Energy Star rating, and of course, the LEED Platinum certification.  Check out some of this home's other green elements:

Solar-hot-water Photovoltaics

  • Built to 1850 square feet;
  • Energy Star appliances;
  • Passive solar design and daylighting in all living spaces;
  • Active solar hot water and 2 kW solar PV;
  • Minimal and efficient routing of hot water pipes;
  • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures;
  • Wallboard with recycled gypsum;
  • Recycled cellulose insulation;
  • Long-lasting standing seam (recyclable) metal roof;
  • Reclaimed lumber cabinets and locally milled flooring;
  • Decking from locally salvaged cedar;
  • Salvaged fireslate counters and tiles;
  • Heat exchange ventilation for fresh air;
  • Drought resistent turf; and
  • Plentiful roof overhangs for shading and to shed rain. 

The 2 kW solar PV system cost $9,500 and will provide roughly 30-50% of the home's energy needs, while the solar hot water system cost $7,000.  Both systems work well with the standing seam roof, and although I haven't seen the installation, they probably didn't need to drill into the roof because the panels can be connected to the roof ridges.  I bet we have a ton of East Coast readers that would love a home like this …

[+] New Milford Connecticut Home Earns LEED Platinum by GBA.



Photo credits: Picton Brothers, LLC.

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  • Brian N.

    Really nice home! Definitely looks like it will still be standing in 100 years!

    But I thought to be true “passive solar” the design had to be more than just south facing windows with eaves? Doesn’t it need a heat sink to work properly? Or does it have this and I am just missing it?

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Portland Real Estate

    I love the wood of the floor and cabinets. This place looks absolutely amazing. I wonder what the electricity bill is monthly….

  • Tony Bailey

    Not a big fan of that kitchen design. It looks like that window just landed there without any thught.

  • http://www.esmallhouseplans.com Misty

    It’s nice to see more designers taking a traditional approach to green rather than focusing on completely modern, it opens the market to more people. This is a home that can fit in anywhere, so I agree that a lot of people on the East Coast will love it.

  • http://meancleantech.com B @ Clean Tech

    Great looking northeastern home. This house looks like it was very well built with all of the wood and even a metal roof, it will be standing for many years to come.

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