University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Professor's LEED Platinum Home Featured in Fine Homebuilding - Mark Gillem

Professor's LEED Platinum Home Featured in Fine Homebuilding
Fine Home Building magazine featured the home of Associate Professor Mark L. Gillem, PhD, FAIA, AICP in its March 2014 issue. He rebuilt a 1917 home in east Eugene following passive house principles that easily achieved LEED Platinum. The home is also net positive for energy within the building envelope. In the past 12 months, the home generated 101 more kilowatt hours of energy than it used. This was achieved in part through aggressive insulation in 18" thick walls, triple pane windows, LED lights, a heat-recovery ventilator, and PV panels. In addition, the home captures rainwater and stores it in tanks under the porch totaling 4,500 gallons for non potable reuse in the home and for irrigation. With its covered terraces and decks, double-height spaces, and ample use of natural light, the home is both livable and sustainable.