Sustainable treetop home
High design meets LEED-certified sustainability in the Marin County hills
Sustainable resources: Reclaimed Douglas fir roof and beams, radiant-heat flooring, cabinets made from FSC-certified walnut, a dining table made from a salvaged tree, double-paned low-e glass windows and doors, antique pendant lights.
In the girl’s room, the palette is neutral, though punches of color appear in transient accessories like the rug and a stuffed animal. Throughout the house, Erin used antiques and reclaimed materials wherever possible.
Sustainable resources: Organic cotton bedding, zero-VOC wall paint, wool rug.
Sustainable resources: Western red cedar siding, 50 photovoltaic panels, 2 thermal solar panels, soy-based synthetic lawn.
What is LEED-H anyway?
Launched in 2008, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes is a rating system for green building administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. From the use of low-flow faucets to the diversion of construction waste, each project is rated in eight categories, earning points toward a LEED-H level of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
This house got points in the “awareness and education” category, for instance, because Scott created a website pointing out the features of LEED homes.