A new home is taking shape in the vineyards of Yamhill County, Ore., that designers hope will become a model of green building. The Karuna House is being built by Hammer & Hand and designed by architects from Holts Architecture. Renderings of the home were recently featured on Hammer & Hand’s blog.
The home is a net-zero energy project that is also being built to meet some of the most demanding green building certifications out there, including: Passive House (where energy consumption is reduced by 90 percent or more compared to that of conventional homes), Minergie-P-ECO (where the home’s energy comes predominately from the sun) and Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Platinum, the highest LEED certification offered.
According to Hammer & Hand, the client behind the home is a leading proponent of smart climate policy who wants to use the Karuna House as a case study to examine the ways that the leading green building certifications and standards complement one another and the ways that they conflict.
Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand’s President and co-owner said in the blog post that the project will be “a great challenge.” He said trying to align all of the different green standards leaves a narrow path to navigate when it comes to design and construction. Ground has already been broken on the house and Hammer says its blog will continue to be updated with news of the progress of the house.