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Kaplan Thompson House: Virginia's First LEED Platinum Home
Arlington, Virginia recently received its first LEED Platinum home, which simultaneously holds the honor of Best Single Family Residential Project from the Virginia Sustainable Building Network. A collaboration between Metro Green and Kaplan Thompson Architects, the four bedroom family home and loft merges contemporary architecture with a sustainable footprint that leaves even us totally green with envy.
The house is just as green on the inside as it is on the outside and is put together using SIPS, a geothermal HVAC system, grid-tied solar panels and low-e argon windows. By placing a primary focus on saving energy, the architects were able to reduce heating and cooling costs for the 3825 sq ft house to little more than $300 for an entire year. If you think that’s impressive, you should see the interior energy saving appliances that have contributed to the house receiving a 5+ Energy Star rating in addition to its certification for exceptional indoor air quality.
The house is located less than five miles from Downtown, Washington, DC and is little more than a hop skip and a jump away (one block) from public transportation should its future residents want to leave less of a footprint of their own on their way to and from work. To “top it all off”, the crowning glory of the home is its green roof and use of pervious surfaces throughout. These surfaces ensure zero runoff in the event of a rainstorm up to one inch, which helps contribute to the future health of nearby Chesapeake Bay.
Photos by Parker Daniell
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