Articles - November, 2011

Affordable LEED Homes Open in San Jose

KTGY Designed Affordable LEED Housing

This is Brookwood Terrace, an affordable project by ROEM Corporation and Eden Housing, Inc. that recently opened in California.  The $24.9 million multifamily building has 84 homes, units ranging in size from 636 to 1094 square feet, and amenities like a community room, fitness room, business center, and a laundry room.  The place is also designed by KTGY Group, Inc. for LEED Gold certification and to exceed Title 24 by 17%.

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Tetra Shed is a Creative Tiny Home Office

Take a moment to notice what’s happening across the pond.  This is the Tetra Shed, a inventive building system that uses up to six modules to create extra space — home office,  play space, beach hut, pop-up retail — in most any location.  The exterior can be custom painted or finished with copper, zinc, corten steel, or marine plywood, while the interior can be finished with LED lights and birch-faced plywood or plasterboard.  Tetra Shed, designed by David Ajasa-Adekunle, arrives in the UK in January 2012.

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Live Work Home Takes LEED Platinum

This is the Live Work Home, one of the winning proposals (with the R-House) in the From the Ground Up Competition in Syracuse, New York, designed by Cook+Fox Architects.  The home was awarded LEED Platinum certification earlier this month, a fitting one-year anniversary since the homeowners John and Kathy Miranda moved into the home in November 2010.  Here’s more about this beautiful, durable home with an inventive design.

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Tiny Harbinger House in North Carolina

Over Thanksgiving break, I enjoyed reading about this small, energy-efficient home in North Carolina built using the Harbinger plan offered by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.  Built to International Building Code requirements, the plan includes a loft, home office, kitchen, bathroom, living room, and deck — tightly placed in less than 500 square feet!  Details are hard to come by, but Tumbleweed sells this plan for $695 and estimates that it costs about $33,000 in materials to build.

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EPA Guide Ensures Healthy Air, Efficiency

The EPA recently published new, voluntary guidelines to help the home energy industry improve indoor air quality in conjunction with energy efficiency upgrades.  Designed as a companion to the DOE’s Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals (view), the new Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades (download) include Assessment Protocols to evaluate existing conditions, Minimum Actions to be taken during upgrade activities, and Expanded Actions to promote improved occupant health.

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