New Energy Works, a timber frame home builder with offices in New York and Oregon, recently announced the opening of their new show house in Portland. Designed to be “a living example of greater sustainability in a design and craft intensive home,” according to company president Jonathan Orpin, The Vermont Street Project is thought to be the first timber frame home in the state seeking LEED Platinum certification.
Homeowners in Brisbane, Australia, just received keys to the Hill End Ecohouse, a six-star home designed by Riddel Architecture and built by Peagram Builders. Located on a small lot, the Ecohouse incorporates 95% of salvaged material from the previously existing 1930s home and a total of about 80% recycled content. Ecohouse also stores 71,000 liters of water and treats gray water on-site for toilet use.
I was excited to get an email from Matthew Peek, principal at Studio Peek Ancona, regarding this prototype built in a flood and seismic zone in Stinson Beach, California. The flood-proof home has been Platinum certified by the Marin County green building program and meets FEMA standards of the area, according to Peek. It's green and undeniably contemporary, but it's also small and showcases indoor/outdoor living without a hitch.
This modern home, designed by David Wick of Wick Architecture and Design, sits on a narrow urban lot in San Fernando Valley. Energy Star and Build It Green certified, the 4,000 square foot residence was built with an ICF basement, FSC certified wood framing, radiant barrier roof paneling, low-VOC caulks and sealants, a cool roof, a permeable driveway, and cedar siding that also provides some shading.
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.