Three of the six homes at Madison Street just received LEED Platinum certification, making them the first Platinum certified homes in Tennessee. Developed and designed by Christian Rushing and built by Collier Construction, this modern green project recently received the award of Green Development of the Year by the American Planning Association's Tennessee Chapter. Rushing says it doesn't cost more to build green, it just requires better decisions and smarter skills. Here are a few of the homes' green features:
This is a guest contribution from Deborah Cameron, a designer / project manager who was on the design team for Cave Avenue Homes. Deborah also lives in this co-op community.
In Banff National Park in Western Alberta lies a 19-unit residential housing project called Cave Avenue Co-operative Homes. Cave Avenue was designed by one of the most prestigious architectural firms in North America, William McDonough + Partners. Completed in 2005, the project was built to LEED Silver certification. Cave Avenue has a light footprint with some of the following sustainable features:
We've all heard, and sometimes dreamed, about the Modern Shed, which is made by a company based out of Seattle, Washington. But the company recently expanded into full-fledged homes called Dwelling Sheds. The images here show an installation of one in Port Townsend, Washington. These Dwelling Sheds can be used as a small home, cabin, getaway, ADU, or any other use imaginable — and they come with a number of green features:
Sustainable design firm Mithun just updated their website with details of an interesting farmworker housing pilot project in Washington state. With the sponsorship of the Seattle Archidiocesan Housing Authority and a grant from Enterprise Community Partners, Mithun designed three prefabricated modules to provide a model for affordable housing for farmworkers and their families. According to Mithun, the state has tens of thousands of farmworkers who are forced to compete for scant affordable living options, and these prefab 580 square foot homes may change life for a lot of them.
A couple months ago, we mentioned Blue Sky Homes, as well as the prototype project of the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System. As the story goes with prefab, a short eight (8) weeks after installing the footings, the prototype is now complete. Dave McAdam, owner of the Yucca Valley prototype, sent me these images of the completed home — it’s a stunning example of clean, efficient, contemporary, desert architecture.
Chances are, if you've ever researched modern homes online, you've seen the name Gregory La Vardera. In addition to maintaining a house plan blog (and contributing to a number of other sites and forums), he's on Houseplans.com, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and probably a thousand other services. Frankly, he's all over the place, and he's trying to incite the kind of housing rebellion we're interested in seeing. In a blog article dated May 14, 2009, La Vardera describes the ReModern Movement — a time when people build their own modern or green house — and provides a list of reasons for why now is the time: