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Modern Green Affordable Shift Home

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Inspired by the likes of Dwell and the 100k House, Deezine.ca and Shift Development came together with an idea.  They thought it would be interesting to have a modern, green, and affordable home designed by an entire community online.  Ideas are posted online and the community can make suggestions for changes.  Their idea became the Shift Home.  You can see how the design has changed in the past few months, but to be clear, this home is not just a thought experiment.  Shift Development breaks ground in late-May, or thereabouts. 

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LEED Platinum Georgia RainShine House

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The RainShine House — designed by Robert M. Cain, Architect, AIA, LEED AP and built by Pinnacle Custom Builders — has received LEED Platinum certification.  According to a recent press release, it's the first modernist residence in the Southeastern U.S. to achieve such a lofty green certification.  The Decatur, Georgia home will be featured in the Modern Atlanta Home Tour on May 16-17, so if you're in the area go check it out.  It's beautiful, and I have a feeling a media wave is about to hit.  Here are some of the green products and elements of the home:

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A Reclaimed Straw Bale Bunkhouse

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Readers liked Caleb Schafer's $70k Simple Modern Home, so I thought it'd be interesting to quickly mention his thesis project, which was all about green design and construction.  The project was to design and build a modern, straw bale bunkhouse for his parents.  Caleb and his dad built the structure with reclaimed barn beams (power washed and sealed), reclaimed Malaysian hardwood flooring, local straw, locally harvested lumbar, and materials from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  It's a reclaimed straw bale bunkhouse!

Update: Caleb tells me they spent a total of ~$15k to build this.

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Modern Passive Solar Cascade House

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This house — designed by Paul Raff Studio — has been recognized by GreenSource Magazine as the Best Green House for April 2009.  The 3,500 square-foot home was optimally situated to receive natural light and efficiently built using SIPs.  With automated shades, passive ventilation, and mature deciduous trees, the Cascade House stays cool in the summer and absorbs warm light in the winter. 

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Modern "Good" Eco-Urban Community

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There's an interesting green community in development in West Sacramento, California with 35 homes.  Good is a pilot project under LEED-ND and recently received the 2009 Smart Growth Award from Breathe California!  LJ Urban is the developer with a simple mantra:  Dream big.  Living Small.  Do Good.  That's the idea behind this community, and phase one is sold out.  Phase two is underway with prices from the mid-200 thousands, so check these out if you're in the market.  Good has an impressive list of the following green features:

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Select Home Hybrid Green Prefab

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A little while back, Robert Kerr let us know about a new line of hybrid construction homes that his firm developed called Select.  The renderings in this article show the first Select home, which was designed for a private client to be built in Los Angeles.  Referred to as the Meridian Residence, this unique home accommodates mature trees already on the site — notice the Olive tree atrium in the middle.  We'll definitely keep you posted as the home moves forward and approaches completion …

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