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Carmichael/Chambers House

LEED Platinum 2011

This is the story of how the Carmichael family renovated a 100 year old house into one of the most energy efficient homes in America.

Purchased in 2009 by the Carmichael family, the Chambers Home was designated as a Historical Home in 2008 by the City of Boulder Landmark Board. This "Foursquare-style” stone cottage was constructed in 1902 by Wallace Chambers.  
 
Under the advice of long-time family friend and head of Landmark Realty, Joel Ripmaster, the Carmichael family set out to create a renovation of this stone constructed cottage on a Newlands double lot in North Boulder, CO. The first hire was Kevin Morningstar of Morningstar Homes in Boulder who is a recognized authority on green home building.  Kevin's recommendation of the designer Brad Burch completed the core team of: Jesse Carmichael, Bob Carmichael, Joel Ripmaster, Kevin Morningstar and Brad Burch. After a long review by the Boulder Landmark Board who embraced the concept of a high level LEED protocol for the building, the family set out to create a live/work space that celebrated and preserved the history of the old house and property and yet embrace the future of environmentally conscious building.  David Neiger of CLEAResult (formerly Populus, LLC) supervised the LEED accreditation.
 
The key notes of the home are: a street side, public view shed that features the original structure while masking the modern home that has been constructed in the background; Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) with low VOCs in place of framing; rehabilitation/preservation of the original cottage windows augmented by custom storm windows; closed cell foam usage for additional insulation throughout the structure; solar mapping for eves on southern aspects; high performance windows and doors; heated floors via a 95% high efficiency boiler and a 10K roof top solar array. The home is a net energy producer. 
 
Raised Organic Gardens, Colorado Resource Conservation recycling and "Slow the Flow" irrigation maintenance along with high efficiency appliances and low volume water usage add to the mix of home that can arguably be called "one of the oldest, most energy efficient homes in America." The house is currently using 80% LED lighting fixtures. The property is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and bee friendly with no pesticides in use. The house was certified LEED Platinum in September of 2011.
 
Please see the accompanying video by Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning director/cameraman Bob Carmichael to observe the construction of this LEED Platinum Certified Carmichael/Chambers Homes in Boulder, CO. The film chronicles the design and build process that creates a home that aspires to lower its environmental footprint and ideally inspire others to do the same.

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Project details
Size
2,717 sf
Use
Gut Renovation/Historic Renovation
Setting
Urban
Certified
27 Sep 2011