LEED-Certified Home: Broken Sherd Trail Home in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range amplify the home’s already strong connection to its environment.

Tucked away in the Monte Sereno subdivision at the end of Broken Sherd Trail lies a 4,100-square foot home that boasts incredible energy efficiency as well as incredible views.

Built by Sundance Construction LLC in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2009, the three-bedroom, five-bathroom home received platinum-level LEED certification, as designated by the United States Green Building Council. The USBGC is a non-profit organization that established itself in New Mexico in 2002. To receive LEED certification, homes must be built according to five key metrics: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

Recently sold for an estimated $1.4 million in 2017 according to Realtor.com, Broken Sherd Trail Home is “exquisite in every detail,” the website’s listing states. The contemporary, pueblo-style home’s stucco exterior blends perfectly into its setting; Broken Sherd Trail Home is nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, offering unimpeded views of both the range’s peaks and the Tesuque Valley.

Additional outdoor features include a landscaped patio with a custom water feature, a grilling area and a dining area perfect for enjoying New Mexico’s desert climate, Realtor.com continues. As described by Estately, the exterior of Broken Sherd Trail Home is further characterized by beautiful rock work and several private courtyards.

The home’s interior greets entrants with an open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen that seamlessly flow to create a calming yet put-together space suitable for entertaining. Multiple large windows throughout the living area bring the home’s gorgeous natural setting indoors, creating further synergy between home and environment.

The master bedroom suite, described as “luxurious in every detail” by Realtor.com, includes a sitting room and a custom walk-in closet, while the master bath comes complete with a soaking tub and a separate stone-tiled shower. Just off of the master suite sits an expansive in-home office with a bay of east-facing windows that provide additional views of the Sangre de Cristo range. The rest of the interior is rounded out by a private guest wing and multi-use media room.

“This home seamlessly blends old-world features like 200-year-old wood beams, with a contemporary concept and state-of-the-art appliances and systems,” Estately noted.

What’s so impressive about Broken Sherd Trail Home, though, is how responsibly its architecture accounts for its environmental footprint. According to Redfin, the geothermal residence is heated by a combination of a wood stove and heat recovery ventilation system. For its electricity, the home utilizes a solar photovoltaic system, which converts into direct-current electricity via multiple solar panels adorning the roof of the home. Equipped with EnergyStar appliances as well, it’s clear the home is quite deserving of its Platinum LEED certification.

New Mexico as a whole has established itself as a top-10 state for homes built under LEED standards thanks to a number of initiatives promoting green building throughout the state, according to a report in the Albuquerque Business Journal. The impetus for the movement in the state came in 2007 when then-Governor Bill Richardson declared New Mexico the “Green Energy State,” adopting a bill incentivizing green building with a tax credit. Residential construction continues to take advantage of the bill, helping to create homes like Broken Sherd Trail Home that both bolster the housing market and champion environmental consciousness all at once.

If you're interested in learning more about the specifics of LEED-certification, take a look at USGBC's Guide to Certification.