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:
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.