Recently FreeGreen launched a contest for designers to create an affordable, contemporary, green home. Seeking to redesign single-family living in less than 1,800 square feet, designers could opt to design a starter or empty nest home, or both. After receiving +400 entries, the field has been chopped to 12 finalists with public voting now open through April 5, 2010. The winner will receive $5,000 and other opportunities with FreeGreen. Check out the top 12 (click the text link above the photo for more info), and tell us your favorite in the comments
If you’re in the market for a green, solar-powered home in California, you might just check out this contemporary abode in Venice. The 3,115 square-foot home has four bedrooms, almost five bathrooms, and a private courtyard accessible through expansive folding doors. Located at 1301 Preston Way, the new and contemporary home appears to have received LEED Platinum certification,* which includes some of the following green elements:
- The ecomimicry of skyscrapers.
- Green building bill worries project owners.
- Optimum value engineering and advanced framing.
- April 22: remodeling may require EPA certification.
- Efficiency materials: Made in the U.S.A.
- Green building trumps climate change.
- Seattle's greenest building ever.
- If these walls could talk.
If you’re in the market for modern sustainable furniture, you might check out Domiphile, a company founded by Tony Church near Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently offering tables, side tables, dressers, and desks, Domiphile handcrafts these pieces with North American FSC-certified white ash and black walnut and “super-duper low VOC” waterborne finishes. Pieces range in price from about $1,110 to $4,000, depending on what you’re looking for.
If you work with LEED, you’re familiar with FSC, and if you read good books and magazines, you’ve probably seen both SFI and FSC. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) both certify and provide labels for wood and paper products. Consumers look to these for comfort with regard to environmental impact and sustainable harvesting of wood, but after you read Monte Paulsen’s five-part series on the topic for The Tyee, you may not be so sure about what’s going on.