Just look at the before and after photos of this green home and you'll see a couple critical renovation strategies: (1) get rid of water-sucking grass without making your landscaping look crazy, and (2) keep the same size and scale of your home rather than building it into a monstrosity. This home, located at 8020 S.W. Elmwood Street in Southwest Portland, is expected to receive the rare designation of LEED Platinum certification and is now listed for sale at $850,000. Here are some of its green elements:
- Tight envelope with spray foam insulation;
- Replaced windows with Pella fiberglass windows;
- Installed an indoor air exchange system (due to tight envelope);
- Installed a closed-loop, ground-source heat pump;
- Installed a 3 kW, grid-tied solar photovoltaic system;
- Used leftover porcelain, reclaimed wood, and scraps for mantle;
- Used FSC woods, including in the kitchen;
- Installed Energy Star appliances; and
- Installed water-efficient landscaping and a rain garden.
In addition, according to the Daily Journal of Commerce, 99% of construction waste was recycled. All in all, this is a fantastic green home renovation, which will most certainly become fodder for the masses to get going with their own homes. The home's green design is by Paolo Design Group; construction by Green Hammer Construction; and landscaping by DeSantis Landscapes.
Photo credits: Paolo Design Group.