We've discussed both FreeGreen and Greensburg before, so we thought it would be proper to mention their collaboration on a green design competition. As you all know, FreeGreen provides provides free green house plans, and Greensburg is a tornado-destroyed town rebuilding everything in a green way. The two of them are hosting the Chain of Eco-Homes Competition, and I think it'd be incredible to see a reader take the $10,000 first prize.
Competitors must design a home using one of three disaster-resistant wall systems (Amvic ICFs, Virginia LimeWorks EMUs, and HIB Systems). The design must be capable of being built for $110 per square foot, which is the average in this area. There will be a construction cap of $154,000 per house. Also, each single family home should have 2-3 bedrooms and 1.5-2 bathrooms for a 75' x 140' site in Greensburg, Kansas.
There will be one winner for each of the three wall systems, and the three winners will compete for the $10,000 first prize. Each of the three winners will have the right to be built as part of the Chain of Eco-Homes Project, and each home plan will be available for free on FreeGreen.
If you're interested, keep in mind the deadlines. Registration is required before July 15, 2009, and entries must be submitted before August 15, 2009.
Photo credit: Robert McLaughlin. This is the Homestead Eco-Home designed by Robert McLaughlin for the Chain of Eco-Homes Project. The 1,400 square-foot house was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification and should be complete by the end of this year. We hope to have some special analysis of this project soon.