Beating the Cost of LEED: Dallas

The 3,200-square foot house stands on a 50-by-150-foot lot and recalls the bungalow-style houses that came before it. But it’s a lot greener: May’s electric bill came to just $58. In the yard, drought-tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation helped nab LEED points.

The home’s floors are bamboo, and all paints are low- or no-VOC.

The fireplace facing is Coronado, a 1 ½-inch-thick veneer made of concrete. (Stone that can be drystacked isn’t readily available in the Dallas area and would need to be trucked in.)

Coronado veneer lines the first-floor powder room, too.

The semi-gloss paint used on kitchen cabinets finishes like oil, but it’s water-based and low-VOC. One of the few splurges in this sensible house is the kitchen’s glass tile backsplash.

A study on the first floor faces west to catch the afternoon light.

In the master bath, the tile contains more than 50% recycled material and a no-VOC stain.

The master bedroom, seen through the master bath, is on the first floor with a bay that gets southern exposure and faces the backyard. All windows are low-E2 and vinyl-clad with argon gas.

Adjacent to the second bedroom is a family room with a high vaulted ceiling and carpet made with recycled fibers.

The house includes a detached garage and a driveway that goes into the backyard. The concrete mixture contains 51% fly ash, which lightens the color and helps reduce heat absorption.

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