The USGBC recently held a competition for the design of an affordable, single-family house with between 720 and 880 square feet that meets the requirements of LEED Platinum certification.  Local chapters chose 49 designs and a national jury picked two professional finalists and two student finalists.  These four designs will be built in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans by enviRenew.

The Little Easy (Emerging Professional)


The Little Easy was designed by and ZeroEnergy Design for an elderly resident on a fixed income. The energy-efficient home features and open kitchen and living room, a chair lift and spacious front patio, and rainwater harvesting for the vertical garden and planter beds.

RAMPed UP (Emerging Professional)


The RAMPed UP house was designed by a team from Buro Happold Consulting Engineers and Rogers Marvel Architects. The home features a rainscreen facade, building integrated shades, and several elements aimed at accessibility.

E.A.S.Y. House (Student Team)


The E.A.S.Y. House – Efficiency, Accessibility, Safety, You – was designed by a single Carnegie Mellon architecture student, Wuijoon Ha. The home features operable skylights, a green roof, and a wheelchair lift.

Greenboy Design (Student Team)


The Greenboy Design was designed by a team from the University of Hawaii and features a side entry that splits the home on each side and a design that incorporates passive ventilation.

[+] More on the USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition

Images via Open Architecture Network.