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.
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.
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:
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.
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.