In addition to celebrating our third blog birthday, we were able to talk about some cool projects and technology in the month of July. A trend that's out there is what I'm calling the "flight to multi-family." Keep an eye on this. Also, Angela won The Earth-Sheltered House book giveaway, and Fultojd won the Strategy for Sustainability book giveaway. We have 5-6 other books on the shelf right now, which you can expect in giveaways this month. But before we get to that, check out these articles below to see if you missed something:
This month, (not so) Free Green added a payment structure to some of their offerings, but can you blame them? They’re providing high-quality home design for next to nothing! And with the roll out of this new structure, Free Green also introduced some tiny house plans that look pretty slick. You’re going to have to pay $19.95 / year to get the details, but here’s what we know. The tiny houses will be net zero energy homes with about 525 square feet of space and a bedroom and bathroom. Tell us which is your favorite:
USGBC founder David Gottfried’s super green home received a total of 106.5 points and LEED Platinum certification, but this home, The Sage, just received 110 points. It’s the highest score west of the Rocky Mountains and the first LEED Platinum home in Eugene, Oregon. Designed by Arbor South Architecture, PC, The Sage is a demonstration home for the firm. It’s meant to give clients and the broader public an idea of what can be achieved through sustainable design and green building. Take a look inside, it’s beautiful.
A couple weeks ago, we mentioned you can buy the McGlasson weeHouse in Duluth, Minnesota, and now we have news that a weeHouse STUDIO is for sale — for the crazy price of $48,000. It's currently located in Siren, Wisconsin, but the buyer can have it shipped anywhere the land will take you for $1,000, plus about $7 per mile. The 324 square-foot pad is just perfect as an artist retreat, guest/bunk house, yoga studio, or freelance workspace.
Seeking to domino the success of the i-house, Clayton Homes just announced a partnership with general contractor Empire Construction to create a new e-living concept for green, multi-family dwellings. In a couple months, the e-living concept will be applied to the construction of six units at Raintree Apartments in West Knoxville. With construction estimated to be complete by December 2009, five of the units will be occupied by families, while the remaining unit will serve as a model home.
Three years ago, Macalester College decided to build a new home for its Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC), a program that educates students to become global citizen leaders. The building, Markim Hall, which was named for Mark and Kim Stricker, was designed to attain LEED Platinum certification as a way of reflecting the program's commitment to global leadership. Currently, there are 12 college campus buildings in the country that have achieved platinum-level certification, and Markim Hall is one of only two campus buildings in Minnesota designed to earn LEED Platinum certification.