The house expertly balances a contemporary floor plan with traditional detailing rendered in sustainable materials. And its state-of-the-art mechanical systems will substantially lower its demand for energy and water usage for decades.
Portland, OR (PRWEB) May 13, 2011
New Energy Works Timberframers received Fine Homebuilding’s New Home of the Year Award for The Vermont Street Project, a sustainably designed and built timber frame home in Portland, Oregon. The home is featured in Fine Homebuilding’s 2011 HOUSES issue along with 11 finalists.
Inclusion in Fine Homebuilding’s Annual HOUSES is one of the most prestigious honors a design/build professional can receive, while winning New Home of The Year is akin to winning The World Series. HOUSES features just twelve homes out of the hundreds of applications sent in from around the globe.
Fine Homebuilding special editions editor Charles Miller comments on this year’s winner, “The house expertly balances a contemporary floor plan with traditional detailing rendered in sustainable materials. And its state-of-the-art mechanical systems will substantially lower its demand for energy and water usage for decades.”
“The Vermont Street Project is a living example of greater sustainability in a design and craft intensive home,” says Jonathan Orpin, President, New Energy Works Timber Framers.
Design and construction of the project was approached with the principle that a well built home stands on four legs:
1: A long-lasting, thermally efficient structure
2: Advanced and efficient mechanical systems
3: Sustainable structural and finish materials
4: A plan tailored to the family’s needs and to carefully crafted, coherent detailing
Features include: a reclaimed Douglas fir timber frame; reclaimed elm and oak flooring; interior woodworking (link NWW) using reclaimed walnut (cabinets/interior doors); solid wood framed windows; recycled redwood siding; antique barn siding; photovoltaic panels; solar hot water panels; rainwater collection system; SIPs panels; recycled wood and cement form blocks; natural plaster wall coverings; a high efficiency boiler, and more. For details visit The Vermont Street Project.
Partners who collaborated on this project: Pioneer Millworks, Basco Appliance, Chown Hardware, Custom-Bilt Metals, Dimensional Millwork, Inc., ecohaus, Evolution Floors, GLD DesignStudio, Imaginenergy, Landscape East & West, Loren Nelson Photography, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Traditional Natural Plaster Company, Premier Building Systems, and Shelter Works.
New Energy Works Timber Framers have been designing and building environmentally responsible timber frames across the USA for nearly 30 years from their facilities in New York and Oregon. Offerings include: Timber Framing (design, engineering, manufacturing, build), Enclosure Systems, Fine Woodworking, Recycled and Sustainable wood products. New Energy Works has 2 LEED AP staff members, is a member of the US Green Building Council, and is FSC Certified in three categories.