Today, the Holcim Foundation honored four projects with Global Holcim Awards – a nod to projects that improve lives, reduce environmental footprints, and lead the way to a more sustainable future. I thought the “Innovation” project was quite interesting. The $50k Innovation prize went to Liz Ogbu and John Peterson of San Francisco-based Public Architecture for their design of an informal station where laborers can meet and wait for casual work. If you haven’t already seen the self-contained, off-the-grid station, check it out below:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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: