Eco Modern Atlanta Green Townhomes

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About a month ago, we featured Concourse E's green home in Atlanta on 81 Weatherby, but Concourse E also developed the neighboring parcel with two townhomes.  Like 81, 85 and 89 Weatherby are both posh, modern, and green — just the way we like them.  85 is going for $524,500, while 89 is going for $529,500, which is roughly $170 per square foot.  For that, you get three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a large list of green features:

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  • Solar power (3.3 KW solar PV system)
  • Solar hot water
  • Ultra high efficiency 19 SEER HVAC
  • Soy-based spray foam insulation
  • High efficiency aluminum-clad windows
  • Extremely insulated and sealed building envelope
  • Vegetated wall
  • Non-toxic termite/mold/allergen control
  • Steel construction
  • CaeserStone countertops throughout
  • Bosch Energy Star appliances
  • Dual-flush Caroma toilets
  • Sustainable bamboo flooring
  • Low VOC paints and adhesives
  • Low maintenance / zero water requirement landscaping
  • 70-95% energy cost savings

One of the most difficult aspects of dense living, I believe, is shared walls and noisy neighbors, but Concourse E has mitigated that with a three inch air gap between double insulated walls.  The two townhomes are, in reality, only connected in the front, rear, and top of the structure — a design element that will end up benefitting the owners many times over. 

Also, you may be interested in knowing that the power bill at 85 and 89 Weatherby for the month of February was $4.  Not bad …

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Photo credits: Concourse E, internal + external


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  • Robin Cailloux

    We did a tour of these homes last weekend. They are beautiful- and they have direct access to a neighborhood park and elementary school! Also prime walking distance to a coffee shop/lunch spot and dog park. I’m really impressed by the quality of construction- and the neighborhood is becoming an enclave of modern homes. Very cool!

  • Kay

    Anyone know what the exterior material is on that grey dimension wall?

    • http://www.concoursee.com Concourse E

      It’s Hardi material used in a rain screen application.

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com Tyler Portland Real Estate

    Love it, I need one of these too.

  • Bruce A Johnson

    “Like 81, 85 and 89 Weatherby are both posh, modern, and green — just the way we like them. 85 is going for $524,500, while 89 is going for $529,500, which is roughly $170 per square foot. For that, you get three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms,”
    …you like them posh? How sustainable is that attitude, and one where a developer still feels it is necessary to include 3-1/2 baths in a three bedroom home (one of them with a tub that looks like it would require over 100 gallons to fill and would not be comfortable to use based on its straight, vertical sides)?

    The design is beautiful in many respects, but it is too large, uses countertops held together with plastic resins, bamboo flooring with too much embodied energy (until produced more locally than China) and they are being marketed for more than $half-a-million. At around 3,100 square feet these townhomes are too big to sell as sustainable. Why can’t developers look at efficiency first and then think about adding a PV system sized appropriately for an efficient structure? The formula for sustainability is: efficiency + efficiency + more efficiency + conservation + renewables = sustainability.

    “the power bill at 85 and 89 Weatherby for the month of February was $4. Not bad …” …for an unoccupied model with the thermostat set at ? and no one living in the home.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      We’re just saying the design is nice and the sustainable elements are beyond the norm. We like that. If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’ll understand that we’re not in the business of bashing people for what they haven’t done, but celebrating what they have done. Our readers are smart enough to realize where work can be done.

  • http://meancleantech.com Brennan

    That is definitely not your typical looking Atlanta house. Modern homes in Atlanta would be a great addition to the southern style that most houses take on down there. I think it would have to be in the right neighborhood though or it could stand out in a bad way.

  • http://www.concoursee.com Concourse E

    Bruce-

    These homes were designed to be efficient from day one, but also were designed for the marketplace here in Atlanta. You’re not going to get people to go green by simply appealing to their ideals and environmental sensibilities (if they have any in the first place)…especially not here where sustainable living is only now seeping into the collective vernacular. It’s almost a matter of tricking people into a more sustainable way of living by appealing to their inherent material desires for nicer more “posh” things. So the size, fit and finish of the townhomes is a result of what the marketplace here wants and a result of lot / building cost. As much as we want to bring greener homes to Atlanta, we want to do it in a manner that will allow us to keep food on our own tables. Green living is never going to take off if it doesn’t appeal to the general marketplace, make economical sense, and, probably most importantly, enable businesses that provide green products and services to turn a profit (though given the current housing market that is looking less and less like a possibility at the moment in real estate).

    This almost zealous viewpoint that going green and turning a profit are mutually exclusive and inherently reprehensible somehow is ridiculous and only stifling wider acceptance of a greener marketplace. America, and the entire globe in general, are only going going to be more environmentally responsible if it directly benefits, or appeals, to the individual themselves and that’s the simple truth. Sitting around in an adobe hut eating off a reclaimed door dinner table by candle light while singing kumbaya is never going to take off no matter how little of a footprint that may make.

    As far as your criticism of the materials, all I have to say is we worked within our means and what was available. I can also say we did our homework. Ceaserstone is actually not a bad option for countertops. It is a LEED approved material, antimicrobial and is less energy intensive than many recycled and quarried surfaces. There is no bamboo flooring harvested and manufactured in the US and Plyboo flooring is recognized as being probably the best source for bamboo flooring in terms of quality, sustainability and being VOC free. The soaker tub is quite common in asian cultures and has been proven to be much healthier for your limbic and muscular system since your entire body is submerged and you are in a seated position. As far as the gallons it takes to fill, it takes 75 which is equivalent to a standard garden size tub. Plus, the hot water is almost 100% from solar.

    Our thermostat is set at 66 and given that February here averaged in the low 40s, and the fact that we have to keep about 10 exterior lights on 24/7 for security reasons, $4 for 614kWh isn’t too bad in my opinion.

    Short of living under the stars and off the land, any structure could be greener. We did the best we could and probably more so than we should have, financially speaking.

    • http://www.m2econsulting.com Jonas Blake

      I agree. The goal of LEED is to make the average building more green. People who care about the environment enough to change their lifestyle drastically already are living more environmentally friendly. LEED is there to make the average person, who really likes a big house with a big bathtub, live a more sustainable life. And it makes a much bigger difference to have a million people make a small change then to have ten people make a huge change.

  • http://www.spheretrending.blogspot.com Sphere Trending Mandi Mankvitz

    Arw any of these open to tour? I have to been in Atlanta next month on business, and this would be a nice side-trip!

  • Anonymous

    I am in the atlanta area actually in Gainesville GA and looking at solar power for our town home and need to know how large of a system to get. I am also needing to know who will install or do estimates.

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