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.


By |April 8th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|5 Comments

Marin Gets a Platinum Hillside House


This home is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin, according to the Marin Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It was designed by SB Architects and built by McDonald Construction & Development, the same firm behind the LEED Platinum Margarido House.  The rich and contemporary residence spans four levels on a hill and incorporates a number of green elements, such as:


By |April 7th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|9 Comments

Ultra Efficient, Affordable, and Platinum


G•O Logic, a design-build collaboration of architect Matthew O’Malia and builder Alan Gibson, has been working on a prototype home with considerable aspirations.  When complete, Gibson and O’Malia hope the net-zero energy home receives both Passive House and LEED Platinum certification.  The Belfast home has about 1,500 square feet of space and could go on the market for a price as low as $225,000, according to The Maine Public Broadcasting Network.


By |April 5th, 2010|LEED, Passive House, Single Family|7 Comments

Simple Green Harpoon House in Oregon


Oregonians Matt Kirkpatrick and Katherine Bovee have been working hard this last year on the Harpoon House, a simple efficient home in Portland that's expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The 28-foot tall home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a root cellar, and a roof garden.  Specifically, there's 1152 square feet of living space and a 433 square foot roof garden space. 


By |April 5th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|4 Comments

First LEED Platinum Home in Fort Worth


This new home is the first and only LEED Platinum home in Fort Worth, Texas.  Designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects, the minimalist home occupies an infill lot in the Ryan Place neighborhood and features an abundance of green features, such as fiber cement siding, natural daylighting, Energy Star windows and doors, and xeriscaping.


By |April 2nd, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|5 Comments

Fincube Prefab Low Energy House


Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time.  According to Design Boom, Fincube, a 500 square-foot structure with a kitchen, living space, bedroom, and bathroom, was built with locally sourced wood in Northern Italy and features 360-degree triple glazing windows. 


By |March 30th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments