This sustainable cabin in the wild received its LEED Gold Certification. The Carpenter Cabin is surrounded by the stunning Phantom Canyon Ranch Nature Conservancy, from which it has unobstructed 360 degree views. The site and its visual vistas became a core part of the design; and the home is nestled into the land to minimize its visual impact. The cabin was designed to reflect a rustic western vernacular, with exposed heavy timber and stone. It employs passive and active solar heating for domestic water and radiant in-floor heat. The photovoltaic panel output is supplemented by a wind generator and excess power is channeled back to the grid. Structural insulated panels create a highly energy efficient wall system; and finished stucco, native rock and reclaimed concrete roof tiles marry the exterior through to the surrounding environ.
Wolff St Duplex
The Wolff Street Duplex is a LEED Certified and Green Building Rated project designed for lots in some of Denver’s transforming neighborhoods. With fresh and contemporary floor plans (including a rooftop deck with fireplace and two wet bars) and a unique mix of exterior materials, these units are attracting up and coming young professionals that want to be close to downtown in the desirable old Denver neighborhoods. The homes welcome the outside environment with ample natural light, decks and use solar to off-set power use.
Numerous green building programs are being created throughout the U.S and abroad to: promote the benefits of green buildings, quantify and certify their “greenness,” and to provide education regarding green design and construction practices.
Please feel free to explore these Green Building Programs:
LEED for Homes (New Homes in all states).
ENERGY STAR® (New Homes in all states)
U.S. Green Building Council, Colorado Chapter
Built Green Colorado (one of oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation)
Boulder County BuildSmart & Green Points Programs