Launch Slideshow

The Sage feels much larger than its 1,447 square feet, the judges commented.

The Sage

The Sage

  • Decorative hardscaping mixed with a few plants and this rainwater collection water feature create a serene outdoor oasis that requires no irrigation and has no turf.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B21%2Etmp_tcm131-564211.jpg

    true

    Decorative hardscaping mixed with a few plants and this rainwater collection water feature create a serene outdoor oasis that requires no irrigation and has no turf.

    600

    Michael Dean Photography

    Decorative hardscaping mixed with a few plants and this rainwater collection water feature create a serene outdoor oasis that requires no irrigation and has no turf.

  • Reclaimed wood floors and FSC-certified cabinets add a natural touch to the contemporary kitchen.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B22%2Etmp_tcm131-564212.jpg

    true

    Reclaimed wood floors and FSC-certified cabinets add a natural touch to the contemporary kitchen.

    600

    Michael Dean Photography

    Reclaimed wood floors and FSC-certified cabinets add a natural touch to the contemporary kitchen.

  • The master bedroom headboard becomes a wall for privacy in the open master bath. Having the two spaces flow into one another is just one technique used to make this compact floor plan feel spacious and airy.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B23%2Etmp_tcm131-564213.jpg

    true

    The master bedroom headboard becomes a wall for privacy in the open master bath. Having the two spaces flow into one another is just one technique used to make this compact floor plan feel spacious and airy.

    600

    Michael Dean Photography

    The master bedroom headboard becomes a wall for privacy in the open master bath. Having the two spaces flow into one another is just one technique used to make this compact floor plan feel spacious and airy.

  • The Sage feels much larger than its 1,447 square feet, the judges commented.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B24%2Etmp_tcm131-564214.jpg

    true

    The Sage feels much larger than its 1,447 square feet, the judges commented.

    600

    Michael Dean Photography

    The Sage feels much larger than its 1,447 square feet, the judges commented.

  • Material selections were made with an eye toward aesthetic value, durability, and sustainability.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B25%2Etmp_tcm131-564215.jpg

    true

    Material selections were made with an eye toward aesthetic value, durability, and sustainability.

    600

    Michael Dean Photography

    Material selections were made with an eye toward aesthetic value, durability, and sustainability.

  • A rain chain drains water from the gutters into a 1,000-gallon cistern to be used for watering plants and for the backyard pond.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B26%2Etmp_tcm131-564216.jpg

    true

    A rain chain drains water from the gutters into a 1,000-gallon cistern to be used for watering plants and for the backyard pond.

    600

    Michael Dean Photography

    A rain chain drains water from the gutters into a 1,000-gallon cistern to be used for watering plants and for the backyard pond.

  • Image

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B27%2Etmp_tcm131-564217.jpg

    true

    Image

    600

    Arbor South Architecture

  • Image

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp7B28%2Etmp_tcm131-564219.jpg

    true

    Image

    600

    Arbor South Architecture

During a recent Eugene, Ore., Home Builders Tour, The Sage, a small and ultra-sustainable demonstration home, showed attendees how green living and attractive design can go hand in hand.

The house, at the time the highest-scoring LEED-certified residence west of the Rockies, features an ultra-tight building envelope created with double 2x4 stud walls, separate plates to eliminate thermal bridging, Demilec Agribalance spray-foam insulation for R-32 walls and R-45 vaulted ceilings, a 16-SEER Trane high-efficiency heat pump, and all ductwork located within the insulated envelope. As a result, the house is 12 times tighter than Energy Star requirements.

In addition, a solar hot water system and a 2.1-kW PV system provide 40% to 50% of the home’s energy needs.

The 5,000-square-foot infill site features drought-tolerant plants and a 1,000-gallon rainwater catchment system for irrigation.

Sustainable and local materials are present throughout, including reclaimed wood flooring, cork flooring, and recycled-content Squak Mountain Stone countertops. Accent siding on the exterior was crafted with remilled redwood benches that were reclaimed from a local outdoor amphitheater.

While modern, modest, and minimalist in aesthetic, the judges liked how the house feels much bigger than it really is, saying, “It’s a nice little place with an impressive design and great HERS score.”


PRODUCTS
Windows: WeatherVane / Siding: Reclaimed redwood / Roofing: CertainTeed / Insulation: Demilec / Appliances: KitchenAid / Countertops: Paperstone; Squak Mountain Stone / Bath Faucets, Showerheads: Danze / Toilets: Kohler / Flooring: Pioneer Millworks; Sustainable Flooring / Paint: Sherwin-Williams / HVAC: Trane; Renewaire

Click here to see all the 2010 EHDA winners.