Gallery: Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

 
The wood flooring was recycled and all new timber used is FSC certified

The Sycamore House replaced an existing home, although roughly 75% of the materials from the original house were reused and Kovac brought in a herd of goats to eat up the vegetation! Only then did he proceed with his own three story home, which has a discreet street-side facade embellished with art from Julia Sykes and a cantilevering stair connecting all the levels. Almost entirely powered by a photovoltaic array and cooled in part with a geothermal system, the home nonetheless has a compact energy footprint thanks to efficient appliances and superior thermal massing.

Water conservation has been taken into account as well with a series of low flow fixtures, and all of the building materials used are sustainably-sourced. These include reclaimed floors and recycled glass tiles in the bathroom, as well as FSC-certified timber and high fly ash content concrete. Only non-VOC paint was used and the vertical layout ensures optimum natural ventilation. Albeit modern, this home packs a serious green punch and we love it!

+ Kovac Architects

Via Arch Daily

Photos © Lisa Romerein

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