stories certified green from the ground up
Wendy’s is the first home in Washington to be certified under the National Association of Homebuilders Green Building Standard. Her Lindal, referred to by the Seattle Times as “the gold standard of green,” was meticulously solar-sited and planned with the guidance of her Certified Green Professional dealer.
Wendy remarks, “If I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right.“ It was understood from the outset that this house would be energy efficient, healthy, as green as green could be. The additional cost of finish selections was balanced by tax credits for recycling material from the former home on the site and the reduced lifecycle costs—energy, and maintenance—from the naturally-lit interior, efficient and allergy free radiant heat, the lifetime metal roof that waters the “rain garden.”
Green testing and certification provides the confirmation and comfort of knowing that the mission has been accomplished and, according to recent studies, adds to a home’s resale value. Not that Wendy has any intention of moving.
Located a block from Lake Washington, this home featureds a peek-a-boo view of the lake from the second-floor master suite, and the rear of the house overlooks a greenbelt. Most of the basement is a light-filled yoga studio that opens onto the back yard, and a second kitchenette and bathroom.
Some of the more notable (and noticeable) “green” features:
- Dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets
- Sustainably-harvested bamboo and cork flooring
- In-floor radiant heat
- Zero-VOC paint
- Low-E argon-filled triple-pane Lindal windows (lots of them!)
- Energy-star rated lighting and appliances
- Cellulose insulation batts (samples were on-site during the open house)
- Composite decking “Green” cabinetry using sustainably harvested wood and low-emission adhesives (custom crafted in the Seattle area)
- Planning for future solar hot water system using solar rooftop panels