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PHOTOS: Venice, CA’s First LEED Platinum Home is a Remodel of a 100 Year Old Craftsman

Posted By Evelyn Lee On August 2, 2012 @ 3:20 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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For starters, the 100 year old floor in the home was restored and the addition was matched to the original thanks to a neighbor’s old flooring which had been sitting unused in storage. The staircase and the open bookshelves are all up-cycled from the 2 x 4s of the existing cottage walls that were removed during the remodel. All materials used throughout the house utilize a high percentage of recycled content [7], including the exterior siding, bathroom tiles, concrete countertops, insulation, and foundations. At the completion of the project, 76% of the construction waste was diverted [8] from the landfill.

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Other sustainable features extend into the home’s backyard, where a culvert and club house were built to prevent the need to remove any dirt dug-up from the site during the remodel and building of the addition. 91% of the plants on the site are native [9] to reduce water consumption, and additional conversation efforts include a stormwater system of permeable surfaces and two rainwater cisterns prevent runoff from leaving the site. The entire front yard has been converted into a vegetable garden in order to encourage a local dialogue about organic produce, share food, and to build community.

Best of all, the total cost of the 2,000 square feet remodel and addition was $450,000 (or roughly $225 per a square foot). The Brooks Residence is truly atypical when it comes to LEED Platinum [6] buildings, but a shining example of how our current building stock can be upgraded at reasonably affordable prices.

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[3] Venice, California: http://www.venicebeach.com

[4] Duvivier Architects: http://www.idarchitect.com

[5] Brooks Residence: http://www.idarchitect.com/projects/brooks/1.html

[6] LEED Platinum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership_in_Energy_and_Environmental_Design

[7] recycled content: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-consumer_waste

[8] diverted: http://www.wbdg.org/resources/cwmgmt.php/

[9] native: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_plant

[10] + Duvivier Architects: http://www.idarchitect.com/

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