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:
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.
New World Home, a design-build company, recently took LEED Platinum for another traditional home in Geogia. Like the other one nearby, this Marietta home was factory-built in modules and has a slew of green features. It’s the company’s Chadwick design and the award-winning home also carries NAHB Gold and EarthCraft Gold certifications.