LEED Platinum Georgia RainShine House


The RainShine House — designed by Robert M. Cain, Architect, AIA, LEED AP and built by Pinnacle Custom Builders — has received LEED Platinum certification.  According to a recent press release, it's the first modernist residence in the Southeastern U.S. to achieve such a lofty green certification.  The Decatur, Georgia home will be featured in the Modern Atlanta Home Tour on May 16-17, so if you're in the area go check it out.  It's beautiful, and I have a feeling a media wave is about to hit.  Here are some of the green products and elements of the home:

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  • 500-gallon rainwater harvest cisterns;
  • Butterfly roof designed to collect rainwater;
  • Locally-sourced, 100% recycled steel framing roof;
  • Water-based insulation materials;
  • Reclaimed heart-pine flooring;
  • Energy recovery ventilator (for tight homes);
  • Low solar heat gain coefficient windows;
  • Abundant interior natural light;
  • LED lighting system;
  • Geothermal heat pump;
  • 3.1 kW rooftop, photovoltaic system; and
  • Deciduous plantings to provide efficiency benefits. 

The owners moved in and professional interior photos are coming soon; both interior photos in this article show the home prior to completion. 

The RainShine House is expected to consume only 43% of the energy normally consumed by a similar home built to standard code.  It's also nearly 100% non-toxic — practically everything is no- or low-VOC and formaldehyde free. But probably more important is how the design provides a connection to the outside world.  After moving in, the owners sat in the front room looking through their floor-to-two-story ceiling windows: "We sat there for four hours, just watching the moon pass by.  It was wonderful."

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Also, Lynn Saussy was the landscape architect, and the Southface Institute was the LEED provider.  Read more at RainShine House Atlanta.  

Photo credits: Paul Hultberg, Photographer.

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  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Portland Real Estate

    I would love this house! Look at the windows! I especially love the floor. That color of wood is very pretty and it was all locally reclaimed. Best post this week.

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  • http://www.greenpeaches.net Michael Hadden

    It’s great to see that Atlanta is getting in on the act with sustainable homes. We are #3 in the nation according to SustainLane’s rankings when it comes to LEED certified commercial projects but you don’t see as much progress on the residential front. Love the house. I unfortunately can’t make the home tour this weekend although it looks really interesting. Thanks for the post Preston!


  • Bruce Schaller

    While it is LEED platinum, it certainly helps to be in GA. Winter isn’t a sweat there… It’s a whole other ball game in the Northern US.

  • Anonymous

    would i be able to visit this house?

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