In the world of green building, I have tremendous respect for Preston Koerner of Jetson Green. His posts are concise, informative, and easy to read. In addition, his photographs that accompany his posts are clear and fully illustrate his topic.
Preston gave me permission to reprint his post on the first LEED west coast house. Although, Preston’s post is dated February 14, 2007, this article is a little dated but very informative for those wishing to build green.
Tom Kelly with Neil Kelly Company, as the general contractor, built one of the first LEED house on the West Coast. I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.
“The LEED-H Silver Kelly Woodford Retreat Near Mt. Hood, Oregon
As one of the first residential LEED homes on the west coast, the Kelly Woodford home is blazing a trail for the future of residential construction. In addition to its USGBC certification, the home is “net zero energy use” and Energy Star certified. The 2,000 square-foot, three-bedroom/two-bath retreat has a great view of Mt. Hood and some pretty impressive green features. Tom Kelly and Barbara Woodford built the home as a family getaway (with the Neil Kelly Company as general contractor), but they’ve also made the home available half the year to Neil Kelly employees to enjoy.
It’s important to note that some green features work better in one location than another. Localization is key, not only for the carbon impact, but for what works due to the local weather and climate (i.e., Californians may build sans AC, but that won’t fly in Texas). This home has an amazing slew of green features, so I’m just going to throw them out: net-metering photovoltaic panels; south-facing windows + passive solar design to reduce heating/cooling requirements; natural ventilation and proper solar orientation; solar-powered hydronic radiant floor; foot thick SIPs (structural insulated panels) for the roof to insulate against the winter chill; Energy Star-rated appliances; 16 SEER heat pump; CFL lighting throughout the house; two Sterling energy recovery ventilators to keep the air fresh; clean air filtration system; internal finishes from American Clay Plaster, Rhodda Paint’s Green Seal Horizontal line, and Yolo Colorhouse paints; FSC-certified lumber products; concrete with a high percentage of fly ash; 20-30% recycled steel roof with a shingle appearance; wheatboard and reclaimed lumber bath + kitchen cabinets; and recycled counter tops. That’s just a few green features. From beginning to end, it’s clear the entire process elevated sustainability to #1.
Kelly remarked about the home, “When our family, friends and employees enjoy their time here, we want them to know they are living with nature, not in competition with it.” Kelly’s serious, too. He drives a bio-diesel fueled car and thinks residential building is going the direction of green. Don’t you agree?!”
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