Zac Blodget, designer and owner of Portlandâ€™s first LEED Platinum home, sent me an email recently. His smartly designed home lacks the fuss usually associated with LEED Platinum palaces â€“ no pun intended, but itâ€™s down-to-earth â€“ and Blodget has the green house listed for sale at $340,000. Located two blocks from Concordia University, the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1680 square-foot residence sits on a tight footprint on a corner lot. Iâ€™ve explained a number of its green elements below, but we also have a one-question poll at the end of the article (scroll down).
Concordia Residence is 25% more efficient than a similar Energy Star home and 40% more efficient than a similar code-built home. As is required in this area, 100% of the storm water is managed on-site, and water is economized through the use of dual-flush toilets, low-flow fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and a rain barrel water reclamation system for irrigation. The home also has the following:
- Efficient tankless water heater;
- 96% efficiency furnace;
- Tightly sealed building envelope;
- Automated fresh air delivery and air filtration;
- Low-VOC and formaldehyde free materials;
- Wheatboard kitchen cabinets;
- PaperStone countertops;
- Bamboo flooring throughout;
- Recycled content fiber cement siding; and
- Numerous windows providing abundant natural light.
Now that you know a little more about the Concordia Residence, youâ€™re qualified to answer one question below. Will you tell me why Blodget hasnâ€™t sold the home yet?
Photo credits: Design/Verte.