LEED for Homes

ITHACA

A west-coast couple with a passion for sculpture and nature were drawn to a Midwest prairie, gravitating toward friends and a more central location for family to "come home."  Ithaca is so-named because it's "the place you long to return to..." The sculptural design...

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The SAGE House

SAGE:  adj:  wise, esp. as a result of long experience The SAGE House is the result of a year-long research project into designing and building a small home that is not only affordable for Door County's average household income of $50,000, is also energy-efficient....

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Comfort on a Cold Wisconsin Morning

I received the following e-mail this morning from the owner of a LEED Platinum near-net-zero energy home we built last year: Hey Virge, It's 5*F and -22* with the wind chill. The patio door at the kitchen with the shade closed is showing a 12* difference than when the...

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The SAGE House

In the Fall of 2015 I was challenged by a prospective homeowner to design a small home, near net-zero, stylish, and for $100,000 in construction costs.  I told him that given today's construction costs the prospect was impossible.  In fact, I originally called this...

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Upcoming Interview on Wisconsin Public Radio

Virge Temme will be a featured guest on the Larry Meiller Show, November 30, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.  The show will include an overview of LEED, Passive House and other green architecture programs, and Virge will offer advice to callers about how to make their new and...

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Kellems home: a LEED for Homes project

Chris and Dave Kellems sought to undertake this voluntary program with the help of Virge Temme Architecture for the creation of their new home in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The Kellems home is expected to earn a LEED-Platinum certification, the highest possible rating. This...

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ITHACA – A LEED for Homes Timeline

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rating system developed by the U.S Green Building Council that is used as a tool to create   environmentally responsible buildings and  neighborhoods .  It is a comprehensive set of guidelines...

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