LEED for Homes – When their old house was blown down, they built LEED home

This secluded home on Martha’s Vineyard was a long time in the making. For more than 20 summers, Doug and Margot Rothman had roughed it on their 22-acre property in Chilmark overlooking the Elizabeth Islands and Aquinnah Lighthouse. “The original house was incomplete,” says Margot. “We basically lived in the basement and camped outside.” Then in 2007, the couple, who have three sons, began a renovation that would create a new foundation for the existing house. However, after the old house was moved, a storm literally blew the structure in on itself. “It was a tragic situation,” Doug says. Trees had been cut down to accommodate moving the house, and the new site had already been excavated. “We felt that we had destroyed a lot. So when it came time to rebuild, we really wanted to ease the impact on the environment.” Phil Regan of Hutker Architects, which has offices on the Vineyard and in Falmouth, got back to work restoring the landscape and designing a new house that could earn LEED certification — that’s a building-industry rating system that promotes environmentally friendly construction. Last month, the Rothmans’ property was the first home on the island to earn the designation.

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