Gallery: LEED Platinum Boulder House First in US to Use German System


While a relatively new concept in the US, the German company Weberhaus has long been developing prefab house construction technology for 50 years. Designed by Studio H:T Architects the 2002 Alpine House in Boulder CO, is the first to use the state-of-the-art German system in the US. This new LEED Platinum home shows how high-scale design, sustainable principles and prefab can come together to create an attractive home. Additionally, some of the home’s most impressive features include a super-low energy requirement, a 9kW solar array and a host of other low impact features able to assuage the environmentally aware, wealthy owners who were looking for the perfect $3.5 million pad built to last a hundred years.

The upscale residence is two stories of modular walls and ceilings, complete with windows doors, and electrical and plumbing set on an ICF base. Overall construction reported only 5% in waste materials, compared to the national average of 17%. The shell of the home has reduced the energy demand to 1/5th of the average home, but air quality is improved by low toxic material and fresh air exchange.

The 4,340 square feet interior has been equipped with a number of drool worthy gadgets, supreme finishes and a killer view of Boulder’s iconic Flatiron Mountains. The space is heated with a high efficiency boiler, lit with LED lighting, and finished in Earth Clay plaster. Water is heated through a solar thermal system and reclaimed as grey water. Outdoor and indoor spaces blend together beautifully, and the overall effect is a clean, highly refined modernist feel with a naturalist bent.

You can also check out a short video showing how the home was constructed here.

+ 2002 Alpine house

+ Studio H:T Architects

+ Weberhaus


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  1. ColoBorn October 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Greetings Andrew & Fellow Inhabitatians!

    Just a quick follow up from 2002 Alpine-
    We appreciate and thank you for the attention- while we wait for confirmation of a Platinum rating, we thought some clarifications might be helpful –

    – the home isn’t just 18% more efficient using energy, but needs less than 18% of the normal energy – 28 feet below grade on the north side, the warm earth gives 2002 a passive warm thermal constancy;

    – preconstruction waste of the home is only 0.7% – over 2,000% better than US norms, and projected deconstruction (if ever) of 2% is over 4,000% better.

    All questions are welcome – get us at and we’ll happily get back to all promptly.

    Yes – better Design WILL save the world!

  2. Morichella October 23, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Excelent ! Best Project!!

  3. mitchemj October 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I’m disappointed in inhabitat for praising a project solely on its environmental footprint. Yes, this house is a great example of forward thinking, reduction in construction waste, etc. But let me bring up a previous post that completely dismissed the $1 Billion dollar home in Mumbai. Mocked by your website as a huge waste of money, that project employed countless more people than this home in Boulder. Not to mention that the income of the person it was built for spent what would be the same as a person with $1 Million dollars on a $35,000 home. Yes, the environment needs to be considered, but contributing and employing countless numbers of middle class is truly more noble than building another home with one GC and a few sub contractors in Boulder, CO. At least the billionaire in Mumbai built his home in the throws of the city; vertically. He could have just as easily sprawled the same square footage on hundreds of acres of land.

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