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.

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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 andsolar 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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via Jetson Green