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:
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 …
Some of the students of tomorrow will have the opportunity to learn in incredible, well-designed buildings. Take for instance this $28 million building designed by Ross Barney Architects with the assistance of The Sheward Partnership. Commodore John Barry Elementary School was designed to LEED Silver certification but ended up obtaining LEED Gold (at no extra cost to the School District of Philadelphia). The District has obtained certification for two other schools and committed to build all future schools to LEED Silver certification. Four such schools are on the boards right now.
JG covers all sorts of innovative homes, but to be entirely honest, we prefer the affordable. So Caleb Schafer nabbed our interest when he emailed us about his efficient, modern home. Four years ago, after graduating from architecture school, he and his wife moved to Texas and began building the home on a 1.5 acre site due north of San Antonio. They built it for ~$70,000 — it's a 1400 square foot home — we're talking about $50 psf. Not bad! Here's how they did it: