This historic warehouse on the edge of Portland's Old Port is a showcase for advanced building and design. The upper floor of the building is the owner's residence, and was certified Platinum (the highest rating) by the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program in 2008.
Featuring a very air-tight and well-insulated shell, triple-glazed windows, a photovoltaic solar collector, and a "green roof" to both absorb run-off and moderate building temperatures, the building operates at a fraction of its former energy use. Because of both the innovative technology and the quality of the design, the building has been featured in Maine Home + Design, and Fine Homebuilding.
The occupant, owner and architect, Rick Renner of Richard Renner Architects (one of Maine's pre-eminent firms), has made use of every available inch in this challenging building, and engineered many creative solutions to keeping the building warm, dry and comfortable. Rick has raised the bar for what "green remodeling" can achieve. It also received a 2008 Citation for Design from the Boston Society of Architects.