I’ve pulled together projects, mostly homes, of all kinds — new, old, modern, traditional, etc — that we discussed in the last year. These projects either obtained or sought LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, and they’re some of the greener homes you’ll find most anywhere. Click the links below for hours and hours of reading.
HGTV Green Homes Earns LEED Platinum
This year’s HGTV Green Home is in the popular Stapleton infill development of Denver, Colorado and took LEED Platinum for the show. Read more.
Live Work Home Takes LEED Platinum in Syracuse
The Live Work Home has a perforated screen that wraps the western and northern facade, allowing dappled light to filter through the windows into the interior. Read more.
New Norris House Seeks LEED Platinum Certification
The New Norris House builds on Tennessee history with a prefabricated home, solar hot water, rainwater collection, and all sorts of other green features. Read more.
Vicino House Achieves Sustainable Luxury
This Pacific Palisades home gets all of its electricity from a 28-panel, 5.2 kW rooftop photovoltaic array and about 70% of the domestic hot water needs from two solar thermal panels. Read more.
NZE LEED Platinum Home Complete in Cupertino
This 2,400 square-foot home is net-zero energy — it uses as much energy as it produces on an annual basis — and zero carbon — it uses only electricity and solar hot water with no carbon-based fuels. Read more.
Traditional NZE Platinum Home in Connecticut
This LEED Platinum project in Killingworth produces more energy than it uses and does it with a design to minimize energy consumption, solar panels, and a geothermal HVAC system. Read more.
Multifamily Prefab LivingHomes Complete in Los Altos
This is the first multifamily project by Ray Kappe, FAIA, and it’s built with eight modules built in an off-site factory setting. Read more.
Platinum Total Renovation Hits the Chicago Market
This LEED Platinum home was created from an 1890s two-flat and is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse. Read more.
The Power Haus is a -22 HERS Index Home
With a negative HERS score, the Power Haus produces more energy than it consumes on a yearly net basis. The home has a 14.2 kW Uni-Solar Flex-Lite amorphous silica array to bring it into climate positive territory. Read more.
Nine Luxuriate LEED Platinum Homes in California
Nove — Italian for nine — is a handsome nine-unit project in the Mission District of San Francisco. There’s a common green space running through the middle of the structure. Read more.
C3 First Modular Green Home in Chicago
This 2,000 square-foot modern home has a vegetated roof and deck, and the project team is pursuing both Energy Star and LEED Platinum certification. Read more.
LEED Platinum Gut Rehab Finished in Chicago
The Helenowski Residence, a net-zero energy gut-rehab in Chicago, achieved one of the highest LEED for Homes point totals ever with 119 points. Read more.
Craftsman Style LEED Platinum Home in Tallahassee
This ultra-efficient home features SIPs construction, a large solar PV array, and EPA Indoor airPLUS certification. Read more.
Near NZE Morning Sun Home in Oregon
This near NZE project has a passive solar design that negotiates a sloping lot with 90% solar access and mountain views to the south and east. Read more.
Ellis Residence Has a Lush Green Roof
Seattle has its fair share of LEED Platinum homes, but this is the first LEED Platinum single-family home in the state of Washington outside of Seattle. We give the home a second look. Read more.
Award-Winning LEED Platinum Condos at Primera Terra
Special attention was given to optimizing the 52-unit building’s envelope in order to maximize performance andcontrol costs. Read more.
If you have a newly built or renovated LEED Platinum home, make sure to submit your green home to the editors for publication in 2012.