It's a Platinum

Builder Adam Bearup and designer Eric Hughes were gunning for it from the start—the prestigious Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for a home they recently completed in Onekama.  Days ago, just as a feature story on the home in our May issue of Northern Home & Cottage was going to press,  Bearup and Hughes received word that the home had won the Platinum. There is only one other Platinum certified home in Michigan and only 22 others in the country. The home will be open for tours at this year’s Michigan Energy Fair in Onekama, June 27-29. For more information go to Click subscribe on the navigation bar of this site to get Northern Home & Cottage delivered to your home. For more information:;

Article Comments

  • That for featuring our project! Keep you eye open for more exciting LEED project coming soon!

  • I meant to say thanks for featuring our project in the above post!

  • Anonymous

    We were priviledged to get to view the
    Onekama “Green Home” last summer. It was not completely finished, but one was able to see the various energy-saving methods which were used in the construction. What an eye-opener! Since then, we have had an appraisal done on our home for the purpose of finding out what “green” methods we would be able to apply here. Mark Bower,
    of Bower Power, who provided the Solar and Wind Tower at Onekema, was most help-
    ful in giving us information – PLUS a
    number of energy-saving tips which we
    could apply right now to assist in our
    conservation of energy. KUDOS to Eric,
    Mark and Adam for showing what any of us
    can do – for the future of our planet!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to all of you in the design and construction of this exemplary home…your much deserved success in modeling for the future casts a light that makes it a little easier for all who wish to follow…you are definitely on the “right side of history”. Stories like this help all of us who are committed to more sustainable ways of sheltering and living. Thanks, David Bahle, Thorntree Commons at Suttons Bay

  • Anonymous

    Thank you to Janet Lively for writing this article. I want more than anything for all to see what products we used and who we got those products from. Janet did a great job of listing those out for you to use! My hope is that if you read this article, you will be inspired to ‘green’ up your current home or demand your builder makes your new home enery efficient. As the article states, this home is open to tour in the finished state this June at the Michigan Energy Fair. Stop by and say hi to Eric and I. At the very least, I hope that you finally get a chance in your life to view a project like this and not be called crazy for thinking about building this way.

    Adam Bearup-The Hybrid Home Guy (The Wyatt Erp of Green Building)