This LEED-Gold project expertly demonstrates that a renovation can be both historically appropriate and highly sustainable. High-density spray foam insulation, Energy Star appliances and windows, WaterSense-rated plumbing fixtures, and a high-performance HVAC system are just some of the products A4 Architecture + Planning used to enhance the efficiency of this 80-year-old home.

Even more than its modern upgrades, the judges appreciated the way architect Ross S. Cann retained the home’s original character. “It really fits with the fabric of the neighborhood,” one said.