The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah

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July 1, 2010
Originally published in The Energy Issue
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The New Pioneers
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  Mooney and Sparano’s house glows like a lantern against a backdrop of scrubby oaks, faux colonials, and “wannabe lodges” with more square footage but less eco-cred. The home’s northwest facade, facing the canyon and a 200-acre camp for individuals with disabilities, is glazed with sliding glass doors that open to merge indoors and out.
    Mooney and Sparano’s house glows like a lantern against a backdrop of scrubby oaks, faux colonials, and “wannabe lodges” with more square footage but less eco-cred. The home’s northwest facade, facing the canyon and a 200-acre camp for individuals with disabilities, is glazed with sliding glass doors that open to merge indoors and out.
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  In the living room, the canyon vistas share center stage with the wood-burning fireplace (attractive despite going through an “awkward phase”) and a rare quarter-grand piano from the late 1800s, a Mooney family heirloom. The polished concrete floors are radiant-heated, powered by a small, highly efficient boiler in the basement.
    In the living room, the canyon vistas share center stage with the wood-burning fireplace (attractive despite going through an “awkward phase”) and a rare quarter-grand piano from the late 1800s, a Mooney family heirloom. The polished concrete floors are radiant-heated, powered by a small, highly efficient boiler in the basement.
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  The house is clad with scales made of Cor-Ten steel that have weathered and rusted over time and create framed views into rooms like the kitchen.
    The house is clad with scales made of Cor-Ten steel that have weathered and rusted over time and create framed views into rooms like the kitchen.
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  Sparano works in the dining area, where books about travel, architecture, and food, as well as framed architectural drawings from his grad school days, line the back wall. The hollow glass-walled light fixture is from Ikea; every few months, the family fills it with a different season-inspired item, such as pinecones in the fall and feathers in the winter, as pictured here.
    Sparano works in the dining area, where books about travel, architecture, and food, as well as framed architectural drawings from his grad school days, line the back wall. The hollow glass-walled light fixture is from Ikea; every few months, the family fills it with a different season-inspired item, such as pinecones in the fall and feathers in the winter, as pictured here.
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  In the living room, Claire and Audrey demonstrate the magnetic quality of their fireplace by hanging artwork next to the wreath.
    In the living room, Claire and Audrey demonstrate the magnetic quality of their fireplace by hanging artwork next to the wreath.
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  In warm weather, the family slides open the doors to draw in cool canyon breezes.
    In warm weather, the family slides open the doors to draw in cool canyon breezes.
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  The antique cherry wood furniture in Claire’s room once outfitted Mooney’s childhood bedroom.
    The antique cherry wood furniture in Claire’s room once outfitted Mooney’s childhood bedroom.
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  In the kitchen, Ikea cabinets are customized with Carrara marble tops (perfect for pasta-making, says Sparano) and chrome pulls.
    In the kitchen, Ikea cabinets are customized with Carrara marble tops (perfect for pasta-making, says Sparano) and chrome pulls.
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  To draw light into windowless interior rooms, Mooney and Sparano installed Solatube Daylighting Systems.
    To draw light into windowless interior rooms, Mooney and Sparano installed Solatube Daylighting Systems.
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  To bolster the brightening effect of the Solatube Daylighting System, Mooney and Sparano painted their walls and ceilings white.
    To bolster the brightening effect of the Solatube Daylighting System, Mooney and Sparano painted their walls and ceilings white.
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