First LEED Platinum Home in Virginia

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This modern, award-winning abode is the first LEED Platinum home in Virginia.  Located at 5803 16th Street North in Arlington, the home was built by Metro Green and designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects (the firm that also designed the popular net-zero energy Bright Built Barn).  Although it’s a little bigger than the ones we tend to mention — 3,825 square feet with a tight footprint — I think the home is worth mentioning for a number of reasons.  First, annual heating and cooling costs are $180 and $125 respectively!  In addition, 5803 has the following green elements:

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  • A Liveroof green roof;
  • 1 kW array of photovoltaics;
  • Geothermal wells and heat pump;
  • Efficient SIPs walls and roof;
  • Efficient spray foam insulation;
  • High efficiency appliances;
  • Energy recovery ventilation system;
  • Low-VOC finishes and paints;
  • 540 gallons of rainwater cisterns;
  • Custom nanogel curtain wall glazing;
  • Double-glazed, argon-filled windows; and
  • Pervious paving and drought-tolerant landscaping.

5803 was designed to be efficient from the beginning.  It received a HERS score of 51, Energy Star rating of 5+ Stars, and Energy Star certification for exceptional indoor air quality.  Moreover, the site design features zero site runoff for a one-inch rain event.  And in case you’re in the market for a green home, check these links.

[+] Metro Green LEED Platinum home
[$] 5803 16th St North is for sale for $1.175k at Redfin.

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Photo credits and copyright: Parker Daniell.


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  • Brian N.

    While I can’t say I endorse yet another 3000+ sf house (even one as nicely designed as this one), the energy efficiency is simply amazing for a home that size!

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Real Estate

    What a beautiful home! I love the interior design, and the colors that they chose. This house is amazing with every detail covered from solar panels, water collection, green roof, and geothermal heat pumps too!

  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt L. Williams

    If the cost per square foot is north of $100 then … who cares that it’s a LEED home.

  • http://www.jvgconsult.com/ Civil engineering firm atlanta

    This is an amazing home. I especially love the metro green roof. But ultimately being green means being more modest than 3000 sq. feet for one family. I still admire the efforts of everyone on this project.

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing home. I especially love the metro green roof and the site design features zero site runoff for a one-inch rain event I

  • Anonymous

    This is an amazing home. I especially love the metro green roof and the site design features zero site runoff for a one-inch rain event. Nicely done!

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