LEED BD+C: Homes v2008
623 1/2 6th Street Residence
LEED Platinum 2013
This is a small two-story home located just four blocks from the downtown area in the heart of Paso wine-country
This endeavor undertook the first LEED®-certified project for residential construction in the City of Paso Robles. This project “623 ½ Sixth Street” is LEED Platinum.
This is a small two-story home located just four blocks from the downtown area in the heart of Paso wine-country. This home replaces an older home and sits adjacent to the Builder’s existing home built in 1941. In this configuration, the project really makes a contrast between the old and the new. The project team was careful to conserve the 1940’s architectural vintage that is so characteristic of the Paso Robles “west-side.”
The most notable “green features” start from the outside. An elaborate water-runoff system directs all rain to underground drain-pipes which release the water to the on-site vegetative swale. On the inside, the whole-house fan and return-FAU grill were strategically placed in the upstairs-ceiling near the top of the stairs. The resulting air-flow is obvious throughout the home. Since the team had achieved an exceptionally tight building-envelope, the air-flow provided a wonderful balance between ventilation and energy savings (synergies and trade-offs).
This was the first LEED for Homes™ project for the Owner-Builder. The project files are full of the lessons learned and the challenges faced throughout the construction stage. The end-result is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home that has been more than worthwhile.