Gallery: The Sage Residence: Super High Scoring LEED Platinum Home

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LEED residences are becoming a standard item these days, but this particular residence hit our radar because of the high LEED score and its stunning appearance. The Sage Residence in Eugene, Oregon was designed and built by Arbor South Architecture, and received an impressive score of 110 in the LEED rating system — higher than USGBC founder David Gottfried’s LEED Platinum home, which only received 106.5 points. Beautiful inside and out, the home is a perfect example of how green homes can be beautiful, energy efficient and create minimal impact on the environment.

With the economy and new construction slow, Arbor South decided to use the down time to design a super efficient demonstration house. The Sage is a real life example, ready to be shown off to potential clients, modeling the firm’s abilities to build green. The modest 2-bedroom, 2-bath residence is only 1,447 square feet, but packs quite a punch in such a small space.

Inside, the home includes scores of green design elements like, solar hot water and solar photovoltaic systems on the roof, high-efficiency electrical heat pump and natural cooling system, and a heat recovery ventilator. Energy Star appliances were used, along with water efficient faucets, appliances and toilets. FSC-certified wood cabinets with recycled paper counter tops, along with recycled cork and reclaimed lumber floors were installed. The home was constructed using advanced double 2×4 framed walls with foam insulation and high-efficiency windows optimized for daylighting.

The luxurious-looking home is now on the market for $450,000, the Sage Residence is a very beautiful home and a great example of how homes should be built. See some videos on YouTube of the Sage here.

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  1. JOAO CARDOSO February 4, 2010 at 7:00 am

    good morning

    i am from PORTUGAL

  2. theophile490 August 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I got to tour the home. I’m with StructureHub, I find the home very beautiful. The up-front cost is high and prohibitive to many home buyers, but as with all trends that last, the pioneers cost more before it becomes more popular.

    I was most taken with the variety and beauty of the elements used to build and furnish the home. The bathroom floors are cork, the walls & counters are a kind of treated paper (!), etc. I would love to live in a home like this.

  3. antkm1 August 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Here’s a couple questions/comments.

    1. What was the “Construciton Cost? of the home? My guess is that Eugene, being in the west coast, might have some pretty high property values. It would interesting to know the cost-per-square-foot. Seeing a typical 2000 s.f. home would roughly run $90-$150 per s.f. I did a 1600 s.f. pre-fab shipping container home that was approved by build-it-green and LEED for about $150/s.f. Of course it wasn’t “Platinum”, but it works towards the argument that LEED = expensive.

    2. Yes, as a previous comment has stated, it is a lovely design, maybe not a traditional/conservative style but this is a fairly typical style to the pacific west. and, it’s not far off from some of the 50’s mod. homes seen in may cities across the country. I think the truly telling argument would be: what kinds of tactics are architects developing to make the McMansion more eco-friendly? Being an architect myself, it’s a huge challenge, because many of the materials and products that McMansion builders want aren’t very sustainable. Developers are like CEO’s of Walmart, they just look at bottom line. I think it’s up to the building industry to get in gear and demand more of their clients (whether its a developer or a single family). There are many other factors as well.

    3. It’s nice that architects are building these great show-homes that show-off how eco-friendly they can be. But an even more troubling concern that all home owners should address is, what are we doing to make our EXISTING homes LEED or more eco-friendly? Building new just adds more waste and sprawl. Sure, LEED has credits for reusing existing builidngs and existing locations, which probably contributed to this house’s “Platinum” rating, but instead of building new, let’s focus on fixing what we have. It’s the typical American mentality to just tear-down and start new. But that doesn’t some the big problem of waste.

    Hey, Inhabitat, let’s have more articles focusing on re-using or retro-fitting so people can fix what they have instead of enticing them with these golden “carrots”…

  4. Dave66 August 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Why the ugly HDR filters?

  5. arborsouth August 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Just had to interject some comments here. Thanks for the nice words about how theSAGE looks. “Green” doesn’t have to be ugly, and that was part of what we wanted to convey.

    As to the costs, be sure to include the “big picture” in that theSAGE qualifies for almost $26,000 in tax credits and utility incentives. Add to that the $100 per month utility cost SAVINGS (estimate is $33/month for total utilities) and that would buy about $20,000 in additional mortgage. And that’s initial MONETARY costs, not counting life-cycle costs or the positive effect this will have for my grandchildren.

    We did use many reclaimed materials. And, as a demonstration home, we tried to pull out the stops to show what could be done. Overall sustainability WILL become mainstream; we believe that. It’s a matter of making it happen instead of waiting for it to happen.

    Bill Randall, AIA
    Architect/Senior Principal/LEED AP
    Arbor South Architecture, PC

  6. sp8zzz2 August 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Justinm pretty much sums it up for me. 80% of the public has no design sense and are pretty much told what is “ideal” by the marketers, builders and realtors. And anyone venturing outside that preconceived envelope risks depreciation on their investment due to lower resale values.

  7. justinm August 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    in this case, “green” should be a euphemism for expensive. 8/10 people that can afford a $450,000 home are going to buy a McMansion. this is the sad fact and sustainability will continue to elude 80% of people.

    we’ve already seen buildings like this that showcase green tech. let’s go to the next level with reclaimed materials and see what innovation can happen with diverting things from the waste stream and reconstituting them as building materials.

  8. StructureHub August 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Perhaps the most satisfying part about this project is that Arbor South shows how easily eco-friendly features can blend into a home; some think that a green home will inevitably look “green” (commonly a euphemism for ugly), but this home shows that that need not be the case!

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