Washington Island Home Is LEED Platinum

Seattle is known for its green homes. Now, Bainbridge Island, Washington, has its very own LEED Platinum single family home with the Ellis Residence, designed by Coates Design Architects for owners Ed and JoAnne Ellis, which comes to us by way of Jetson Green.

This home combines style with is a number of green strategies, including a green roof, solar electricity/hot water, geothermal heating, rainwater harvesting, and passive solar design elements that minimize costs associated with heating and cooling.  The interior sports a clean, modern look with natural aesthetics, courtesy of FSC certified wood, concrete masonry walls (which span both levels and provide a heat sink), and polished concrete floors that disguise the hydronic radiant heating system. The Ellis residence boasts extensive natural daylighting throughout.


image via Jetson Green

Constructed by Smallwood Design & Construction, the Ellis Residence makes use of an old 1930s cabin which once stood on the site where it stands. This cabin was deconstruction in its entirety, resulting in a diversion of 97.8% of the cabin from the landfill. The completed home makes use of some of these deconstructed elements, presumably, as well as locally sourced fir trees. It has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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