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Nestled into a bluff above the scenic Deschutes River in Central Oregon sits the LEED for Homes, Platinum-Certified, “Live Edge” residence, which combines a modern design aesthetic with an intricate molding to the terrain. The home utilizes extensive exterior terraces for outdoor living and is complete with an attached green house. The home was designed to weave around rock outcroppings and ragged juniper trees in the arid open-range environment.

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Sustainable features such as a 23 kW PV system, LED lighting throughout, exterior solar shades (both fixed and operable), PVC-free plumbing, and an electric car charging system integrate modern technology to benefit the environment. The all-electric home has achieved an Energy Performance Score of 0 (zero) as a result of the 21,765 kWh of annual electric generation and an estimated 17,287 kWh of annual electric consumption.

Sustainable design was not limited to the use of renewable energy and environmentally-friendly systems, but also includes Universal Design features. The home’s zero-threshold showers, grab bars in every bathroom, 36” door openings, wash-let toilets, an elevator, and ergonomic door and cabinet hardware will contribute to the owner’s ability to thrive-in-place.

Live Edge was designed with resilience in mind, enabling the residents to prepare for the unexpected. The 15 kW Tesla “Power Wall” battery back-up system, amateur radio tower, wood burning fireplace, 1,800-gallon potable water cistern, and attached greenhouse provide a multitude of self-sustaining resources for the occupants.

Live Edge has been the recipient of noteworthy sustainable design awards. The home was awarded First Place in Global Architecture’s “Rethinking the Future” sustainable design awards program in the Built Residence category. Live Edge was recognized as the “Best Custom Luxury Home” for the 10th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards by Green Builder Magazine. For more information on this home, see the article from Bend Magazine.

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