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Snell Isle Luxury Home "Greenest" in Florida

posted March 10, 2011

Largest Platinum LEED certified home in Florida

Architectural Designer Jimmy Brattain of Design Works Studios, was given only two goals for what would be his first “green” residential project–build a 9,000 square foot house with the highest federal LEED certification possible.

Located in Snell Isle, the project was carried out responsibly from day one. Eighty-percent of the existing property was recycled and only the highest standards for new green construction were worked into the plans. Roof rainwater collection was used to flush toilets and irrigate the native landscaping. Double insulated doors and windows, solar panels, and LED lighting were used throughout.

“It wasn’t like we had to design the residential equivalent of a Prius,” said Brattain. “Our goal was for visitors to see the beauty first and let the green aspects be inconspicuous gems.” Brattain goes on to say that, in the end, building green only added about 10% to costs-- something the owners will realize in energy savings and possible resale value.

28 solar pannels, 95% of rainwater captured and reused; Winner of 9 Aurora Awards

This perspective is seen in key features throughout the residence like the elegant entryway, rainwater fountain, and a house-wide “breezeway” system maximizing open spaces and providing optimal airflow during those perfect Florida months.

Yet, it’s the meticulously engineered textured roof system that is most representative of the thought process necessary for harmony between luxury design and environmental consciousness. A modernized take on Bahamian step-style roofs cleverly makes minimal of the home’s 28 solar panels while directing 80% of rainwater to be reused in the home, including for flushing all eight toilets.

The home was recently awarded nine Aurora Awards, more than any other home in previous years by the SEBC (Southeast Builder's Conference) located in 12 states, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.

For Brattain, the task became personal as he dove into interviewing countless architects for advice and learning LEED techniques. He painstakingly accounted for each technique applied to the home in order to obtain the “points” needed for qualification. His hard work paid off. The home is the first in Pinellas County to enjoy Platinum status with the U.S. Green Building Council and only the fifth in the entire state of Florida.  It is also the largest of the five by approximately 2,000 square feet.


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