Portland home wins national honors for eco-integration

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A Portland home designed by Nathan Good Architects won a Green Home of the Year award from Green Builder magazine. Click through to learn more.
Jeremy Bitterman

A Portland home designed by Nathan Good Architects won a Green Home of the Year award from Green Builder magazine. Click through the gallery to learn more. 

A Portland home designed by Nathan Good Architects is being held up as a national example of harmonious integration with its surroundings, garnering the "Best Eco-Integration" award from Green Builder magazine as part of the publication's Green Home of the Year Awards program in 2012.

The 4,000-square-foot custom home (click through the gallery for a closer look) was designed with a compact footprint and extensive on-site rainwater handling. The structure was awarded LEED Platinum last year and was built with an eye toward net-zero energy performance.


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The home's 12.5-kilowatt solar array produces almost enough electricity to meet the home's needs.

Green Builder was particularly impressed with the home's handling of rainwater. All of the approximately 35 inches that falls on the site every year is either stored for watering the landscape or filtered through a bioswale.

The team that worked on the Portland house includes Don Young Associates general contractors, John Nordling as structural engineer and Charlie Stephens as energy consultant.

The overall grand winner for the Green Home of the Year was the rehab of an 1830s-era home in Clifton, N.Y.

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