Certified LEED Platinum
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED certification was the guiding principle for the construction of this house/studio at the base of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. A passive solar house with trombe walls is built with Structural Insulated Panels. The southern side is protected in the summer with a calculated overhang.
The house by Alan Powell Design is Certified LEED Platinum. A super insulated house with various calculations for window placement and insulation are providing a very low HERS rating. An air exchange system is built into the program as well as carefully selected materials. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Alaskan Yellow Cedar, FSC quartered Maple, and FSC bamboo will be used for the interior finishes. Water catchment, graywater collection, and other water use strategies are incorporated into the design.
Solar thermal panels, future solar photovoltaics, and a well insulated passive solar house have the potential of reducing the carbon emissions to zero. Verification of energy use will be recorded over time.