Wonder what makes a house green? A lot of things, many of which look to be rolled up into a recently built home in Fort Worth, Texas. The home is so green, in fact, it earned a LEED Platinum status, which is the highest ranking a building can get for being eco-friendly, due to having “Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for exterior walls and roof, aluminum storefront glass, fiber cement siding, sealed concrete floors, energy efficient and low flow fixtures.”
The Ryan Place home, as mentioned by Jetson Green, was designed by one Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects for his own personal living. It was constructed by custom home builder Ferrier Custom Homes on an infill lot in a neighborhood on the south side of Fort Worth. It has a minimalist, modern design, according to the builder, and through its designer captures the “essence of predecessors such as Frank Lloyd Wright who were determined that smart, clean design and sustainability were meant to go hand in hand.”
Design elements one could consider in the green technology world in this sustainable home include a tankless water heater and low E Energy Star windows.