On the market as of 2 weeks ago: the home-slash-power-plant on the corner of Virginia and Colquitt streets, a block west of the now-rising Kirby Collection. The listing claims the building is Houston’s first LEED-Platinum certified home (though others have since followed suit), and by Houston standards, Adams Architects took extreme measures to reduce the 1,900-sq.-ft. house’s dependence on city utilities networks.
Rooftop solar panels send excess energy to the power grid during the day, and a back-up battery system is in place in case the grid ever goes down. Tucked out of sight below the 3-bedroom structure are geothermal conduits which circulate water down to hotter strata 300 ft. deep, collecting energy to heat and cool the house. A 7,000-gallon cistern beneath the recycled-plastic deck also collects rainwater for use in the space.
Ready to peek inside?
The rainwater cistern lies beneath the Virginia-facing front patio:
Bamboo stairs lead up to the main living area on the second floor:
A long, narrow kitchen runs along the Colquitt side of the house:
The central living space is partitioned up beneath the angled solar panel array. Here’s the dining area, adjacent to a glassed-in upstairs patio:
The master suite also has patio access:
Natural light is used throughout the house, including some interior closets:
The first floor consists of an elevator-accessible apartment, a glassy garage, and several patio spaces:
A kitchenette sits next to the apartment’s bathroom:
- 3319 Virginia St. [HAR]
- Couple turn to green power for their home [Houston Chronicle]
- Virginia Point Sustainable House [Adams Architects]