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LEED Platinum contemporary ranch house in Northern California

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This two-story contemporary ranch house designed by ORR Design Office is LEED Platinum certified, located the town of Danville, in the San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County, California. This stunning property was the second home in Contra Costa County to achieve the prestigious “Platinum” green status. LEED means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, with Platinum being the highest status a structure (residential or commercial) can achieve.

When constructing a home, the USGBC (United States Building Council) will allot points to a structure based on certain criteria pertaining to sustainability measures. Points are earned based on several areas of sustainability and on the number of points achieved. These criteria will determine the outcome of LEED status: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. LEED-certified structures are considered to be energy efficient.

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According to the USGBC, LEED-rated homes, “use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.” Not only is this home sustainably designed to its maximum potential, it also showcases beautiful design features both inside and out. Have a tour through the images of this residence below to see what we are talking about…

Above, the contemporary designed living room reflects heavy wood accents and a sleek gas fireplace as the focal point of the space. With an open layout, the room feels bright and airy, which helps to balance the rustic elements in this space. Wood flooring runs through the living and dining areas, while a durable slate tile can be seen in the higher traffic hallway and kitchen areas.

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What We Love: This LEED platinum house showcases plenty of exquisite design features, from the furnishings and decor to the material elements of wood and tile. The interiors are flooded with natural light from expansive windows and soaring ceilings in the open plan kitchen/living area. With clerestory windows and added wood on the ceilings, this area feels warm and sunny. Our favorite feature? The LEED platinum rating. We love a sustainable, attractive home surrounded by nature… how about you?

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Photos: Courtesy of ORR Design Office

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