Nathan Good Architects designed a LEED Platinum-certified home that’s helping the city of Portland live up to its green reputation. Located within a mile of downtown Portland near a busy boulevard, the Skyline Residence is a solar-powered family home designed to generate as much energy on-site as it consumes. In addition to its net-zero target, the contemporary green-roofed home was also built with mostly locally sourced materials that came from within a 500-mile radius.
Despite Portland’s notoriously overcast gray skies, the Skyline Residence receives an impressive amount of natural daylight year-round. The architects achieved this by stacking the home into three levels and orienting the building on an east-west axis, with the social rooms located on the south side. The home was also strategically oriented to optimize views and minimize the impact of traffic noise.
The 4,200-square-foot house comprises three floors: the main level consists of an entry hall, open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room, pantry, master bedroom, utility room, garage, and a half-bath; three bedrooms and three bathrooms are tucked away on the upper level; the lower level houses the game room, exercise room, a half-bath, as well as mechanical and storage rooms. The solar-powered home takes advantage of Portland’s rainy season with rainwater harvesting systems that manage all the stormwater on the property on-site. Wastewater is also managed onsite with an engineered septic system. The home is equipped with low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual-flush toilets.
The majority of the materials for the Skyline Residence were sourced from within a 500-mile radius, and some of the materials were salvaged from the demolition of the previous home. The non-salvaged timber framing for the home is all FSC-certified, such as the madrone flooring that was also locally sourced.
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