Platinum Near Net Zero Energy in VA


By looking at the real estate listing for this home, you wouldn’t necessarily get the whole story.  This 3,600 square-foot house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, not to mention a wine cellar, media room, and detached two-car garage.  What you won’t see is that it’s also a low-energy home and vying for LEED Platinum certification — the highest designation available from the USGBC — according to the Washington Examiner.


The owner deconstructed an old 1918 bungalow to build this Alexandria home to near net zero energy standards.  It was built at a cost of $230 per square foot and energy bills run about $20-30 per month.

Construction entailed using SIPs, efficient windows, hydronic heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting and purification systems, and a geothermal system, among other green products and materials.

At the moment, the home, which is located on 9 East Walnut Street in Alexandria, Virginia, is listed for sale with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,288,000.

[+] Alexandria home goes green from the bottom up by Washington Examiner.






Photo credits: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

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  • MrSteve007

    “It was built at a cost of $230 per square foot”

    And if sold at this price, will sell for $357 a sq/ft – for a nice profit of ~$460,000 dollars.

    • Preston

      Except there’s probably land costs and maybe soft costs in that, too.

  • Anonymous

    Sadly, this approach tends to work better in high cost of living areas than in other areas. The $230/sf cost would likely be about the same in other areas or a bit lower but such a house would stretch most incomes even if the costs were trimmed and even after factoring in the energy savings over many decades. Even with this concern in mind, I love this house and would buy it or duplicate it in a heartbeat if the resources were available. I much prefer improving and enhancing great existing structures to simply starting with a blank canvas. Not to mention, a blank canvas is rarely an option for most people.

  • mmaranghi

    Definitely Eco-Chic! Amazing!

    – Maurizio Maranghi –

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Molly

    This house is pretty amazing! Looks much smaller than the actual square footage mentioned. Using SIPS and a geothermal system are definitely important green building materials to incorporate in new home construction, we SIPS and geothermal in most of our homes and it is definitely the way to go!

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