Cez told me about one of her friends who had solar panels installed in her home recently–an expensive project, but sure to pay for itself once everything’s up and running. It’s always good to hear about people doing everything to make their homes green, and even more inspiring to hear about homes that have gone all-out green, like a Eugene, Oregon home called “The Sage,” which was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and now known as the No. 1 “Outstanding Single Family Project.” The Sage achieved a LEED Platinum rating, garnering 110 points, becoming the highest-rated green home west of the Rocky Mountains.
Arbor South is the eco-architecture firm responsible for bringing The Sage to life, and made sure that the home is outfitted with the following features:
- Passive solar water heating
- A 2.1 kilowatt photovoltaic system
- A super high-efficiency heat pump
- A heat recovery ventilator
- Double stud walls with sprayed foam insulation
- Low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets
- Reclaimed lumber flooring and recycled cork floors
- Drought-resistant native plantings
- Landscape irrigation using collected rainwater
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is currently on the market for $459,000. Any takers?