The Sage Sets a LEED Platinum Record

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USGBC founder David Gottfried’s super green home received a total of 106.5 points and LEED Platinum certification, but this home, The Sage, just received 110 points.  It’s the highest score west of the Rocky Mountains and the first LEED Platinum home in Eugene, Oregon.  Designed by Arbor South Architecture, PC, The Sage is a demonstration home for the firm.  It’s meant to give clients and the broader public an idea of what can be achieved through sustainable design and green building.  Take a look inside, it’s beautiful.

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The thoughtful, modern home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms neatly packaged in 1,447 square feet of space.  And if you’re in the area, you can tour The Sage as part of the Home Builder’s Tour going on right now through August 2, 2009.  Here’s a snap snot of what makes this home green:

  • Advanced double 2×4 framed walls w/ foam insulation;
  • Active solar water heating and solar photovoltaics;
  • High efficiency electrical heat pump/natural cooling;
  • Heat recovery ventilator and Energy Star appliances;
  • Drought resistant landscaping and rainwater collection;
  • Efficient low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets;
  • Reclaimed lumber flooring and recycled cork floors;
  • FSC wood cabinets w/ recycled paper countertops;
  • High-efficiency windows oriented for natural light;
  • Accent siding reclaimed from Cuthbert Amphitheater; and
  • Zero VOC paints throughout the house.

Located at 1261 Crenshaw Road, The Sage was designed, built, and developed speculatively by Arbor South on an infill lot.  It’s price tag is $450,000, and Arbor South estimates that the home cost an extra $50,000-$60,000 to build it to such a high environmental level.

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All photos: © Mike Dean Photography.

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  • Anonymous

    Beautiful home. Not knowing the Eugene real estate market, it’s hard to figure what that price would be somewhere else in the country… Seems like it might be a bit pricey for Eugene?

    Still love the design. Nicely done.

    • Anonymous

      Brian —

      Actually, what isn’t figured into that price is the almost $26,000 of tax credits and utility incentives, plus our utility bills are calculated to be about $100 per month LESS than normal, which will buy you about $20,000 in additional mortgage. So, pricey? Not when you look at the whole picture.

      Glad you like the design! Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Good points, Bill. And in all honesty, when I think of other custom built green homes with similar features, the prices are usually MUCH higher. Plus, who wouldn’t want to live in beautiful Eugene, anyway!? I would personally take that home in Eugene over 90% of the bigger, more expensive homes in other parts of the country that we see…..

  • Diana

    Is this a net-zero energy house?

    If it is, is it also a house that feeds excess energy back into the grid (or would if the grid were “smart” enough to handle that?

    • Anonymous

      Diana —

      We’re not net-zero, but very low consumption. We do feed back into the grid excess electricity generated. In fact, our utility bill this month was a credit. Gotta love that!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Tyler. The “New York Loft” look is what we were striving for. Glad you like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Great house, but it seems like a waste of materials and energy to run a house only meant for show. To consider this house truly sustainable, it should have regular occupants to justify the energy used for general maintenence and the materials used to build the house.

    • Preston

      It’s not just for demonstration … the home is for sale to be lived in.

  • GoodMillwork

    Bravo on the reclaimed wood floor use. Hard to tell from the pictures what species it is…can you share?


    • Len Martin

      leed certified is a joke, i build leed certified commercial jobs, for example reclaimed wood takes more energy to recover then sustainable regrowth, wood has to be reclaimed then transported to a wood shop, then reworked using less energy efficient methods than used by large sawmills, then transported again using less economical methods.  We also use a leed certified counter top material which takes grinded up aluminum places it in epoxy and they call it a counter top, the aluminum which normally could be recycled over and over again now becomes useless and no longer recyclable. leed is just a term used by designers to make them feel good about all the waste.

  • Anonymous

    It is a very beautiful home, but why is it that all of these LEED certified houses/buildings are so cold and stark? Is it out of the question to build one that looks like an old-fashioned bungalow? Just a thought…

  • bahrami


    I ‘m a designer I study the optimal design of green

  • Nora Reed

    Brilliant interior, It really impressively designed and took my whole attention a lot.

  • Sam Anderson

    Nice Home, good to see these different interiors. I believe this should be a good example to set my home interior very well. Thanks

  • 99designs reviews

    Inspirational home interior. Looks an amazing place to live. it turns to make this house my dream home.

  • Jillybeansisme

    I am not a fan of modern, but I am a fan of “green building”.  I built my current home with SIPS, Low-e/low-U windows, concrete tile roof, extra roof insulation, xeriscape, etc.  While it isn’t certified, it is an open floor plan and very definitely homey.  You built this house in Eugene, where I plan to move–do you recommend bluwood construction?

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