Remember earlier this week when we talked about the Margarido House, you know that posh, modern home that’s about to be the first LEED-H Platinum home in Northern California? Well, the always entertaining Sally Kuchar of SallyTV has just posted these videos and we thought it’d be fun to share. You might know Sally from her recent work designing the Silicon Valley Dwell Nexthouse, but she’s also a regular contributor to Apartment Therapy SF and MoCo Loco. I can’t help but watch these videos and think about the endless possibilities presented by thoughtful design and modern green materials.
Check these urban townhomes out. They’re pretty interesting. The design here is part of a development called Sky Hill, a twelve townhome community in Midtown Atlanta. Designed by Kuo Diedrich, Sky Hill is clustered into four buildings with three townhomes each. They’re all 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom units of ~3000 sf and have been LEED registered (not certified). Each home has a rooftop terrace and equipped with a plant-growing system by LiveRoof. Apparently the end units have an elevator option, which most would agree is kind of, well, you know. But being located in an infill location with pedestrian friendly design opens up the possibility for living a greener kind of lifestyle.
I’m dedicating this article to all the traditionalist readers out there — I must admit, though, I’m seriously hesitant about the design here, but I know some of you love this style. What I love, however, is the idea that green homes and communities can be zero energy. That’s what Solar Verde is all about. Solar Verde is a planned community of 20 homes and the developer claims its the first development east of the Rocky Mountains to offer a roof-top photovoltaic system as a basic design feature. Homes come with a 4 kW solar PV system made with SOLARSAVE roof shingles. As you can tell, the developer finished the first two model homes last July for this south Chicago green community.
This is a small little mixed-use building called Graham Street Lofts. With 12 residential units and some ground floor commercial, the infill building sits in the Eliot neighborhood of Northern Portland. Residential units start at ~$324k and each home is energy efficient and modern inside. The R-30, 10-inch thick PerformWall ICFs are made of recycled polystyrene and cement and help to keep the interiors quiet. Combine the efficient envelope with hydronic radiant floors and overall home energy use is quite low, too. Additionally, Graham Street Lofts has some of the following green amenities and finishes:
The Margarido House is on its way to being the first home the nation that's both LEED-H certified and GreenPoint rated. It's also aiming to be the first custom home in Northern California to be LEED-H Platinum certified. The ~4600 sf home is still waiting on Platinum certification, but it's important to note that because of it's large size, the homeowners had to pursue drastic green measure to get into Platinum territory. And they did quite well, actually, building a home that's 55% more efficient than California's Title 24 energy standards. Check out this list of green features: