LUX Montana Cabin LEEDS with Smart Water, Solar, IAQ

LUX Montana Cabin LEEDS with Smart Water, Solar, IAQ


Tucked away in the mountains of Montana, sits a rustic cabin that’s achieved a LEED platinum certification for its use of efficient tech and healthy homebuilding practices.

The home has been nicknamed Headwaters Camp for its expansive size and location. Headwaters Camp sits on 22-acres, and despite its size, the builder was able to blend efficient tech with an energy-saving design.

This cabin home was built in 2008 by Highline Partners, a Montana-based homebuilder, in collaboration with green building consultants from Kath Williams and Associates.

Headwaters Camp is the first home in southwest Montana to achieve LEED platinum and only the third in the state to receive any type of certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). 

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This home is much more than a luxury mountain getaway. It also represents a healthy home that uses tech to stand out and a key opportunity for builders to learn from.


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Geothermal is used to heat and cool Headwaters Camp.
Geothermal is used to heat and cool Headwaters Camp.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

The four main ponds at Headwaters Camp do more than just provide picturesque views. They are also used to heat the entire home.

This geothermal heating system connects ponds, streams and small waterfalls into a ground-source heat pump, which is in turn used to heat the home and guest cabin.

The geothermal system has already resulted in a 70 percent reduction in annual heating costs for the homebuyer.

And there’s enough potential power to heat additional structures added to the property in the future.

Geothermal represents healthy homebuilding for its reduced impact on natural resources and for its ability to heat the home in a clean way. According to, geothermal systems can improve indoor air quality (IAQ) by eliminating chemicals commonly found in conventional systems.

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Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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