Today, actually within the last couple hours, Brad Pitt announced more specific plans and designs for his Make It Right NOLA project. Last night, I was looking at their website, but it didn’t have any new announcements. Today, their site is redesigned with all sorts of information. More information to come later tonight, but make sure to sponsor a home and check out the Pink Project. Also, check out this N.Y.Times story on the announcement.
You’ve probably heard of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company … their houses have been featured in Time, Domino, USA Today, and the New York Times, to name a few publications. The home pictured above is different from their other homes, which have that traditional, A-frame-esque shape. All Tumbleweed homes are sufficiently small, but this home is modern. It’s 400 sf of green modern. The Z-Glass House is a stationary house, meant to be affixed to a foundation. You buy the plans and find a contractor to build it for you (with costs ranging in the $100 – $200 psf range). Or you can build it yourself. Check the layout, too. Such a great looking home, with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom, what else do you need? Add a little solar on the roof, or maybe even a Skystream, and call it done.
The first Gold certified LEED-H home in Illinois is built from the renovation of an old neighborhood tavern. The 3,800 square foot building is used by the owners as both a residence and as the offices of their company: Smog Veil Records. The label has adopted an "eco-friendly" set of principles, and the owners felt their home/office ought to reflect those values as well. Daylighting, recycled materials, and efficient appliances were all part of this project. Inside, some of the floors are made of a terrazzo made from recycled glass and chunks of old vinyl records. (That's probably the only kind of vinyl flooring anyone should have.)
Overnight, Postgreen announced its first development project in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. It will be a small project with two small, two-bedroom homes that will be modern, green, and affordable, a powerful trifecta of aspirations. Generally speaking, the homes will be designed by Interface Studio Architects and will be loftstyle with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and enough green amenities to qualify for about a LEED Silver certification.
Interestingly, Postgreen is also conducting a case study to try to build one of the homes for only $100K. The purpose would be to prove that modern, green homes can be affordably built today. They’ve started a blog, the 100k House, to document the entire process from planning to construction to sale. If you have experience in this endeavor, and I’m sure you do or you wouldn’t be reading Jetson Green, Postgreen is looking for feedback for every step of the process, which you can do by visiting the 100k House blog. More here.
This is the ASAP House, a House About Saving A Planet designed by Laszlo Kiss. Like many green designs generated these days, this home will be a net zero energy home — it will produce as much energy as it uses over a certain period of time. To do that, the home will have good insulation, Energy Star lighting fixtures, a 10 kW photovoltaic array, and a geothermal heating and cooling system. Currently, a prototype ASAP House is being built for Sag Harbor, New York. Just last month, the factory was moving along well on three modules that will end up completing the home.
The ASAP house will cost roughly $250-265 psf, depending on site conditions, and is being designed with LEED certification in the works. It is anticipated that the finished home will be about 2,500 sf, with 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. It’ll be fun to follow the blog progress and see the finished product. At that point, we’ll officially have one more prefab contender, and more particularly, one that can service the Northeast!
This green prefab, sponsored by French architecture magazine Architectures à Vivre, was on display last weekend at the Batimat Show in Paris. I think it’s called La Maison de Demain, which I also think is French for House of Tomorrow. We’ll go with that as the name for now. Their website is in French, so if anything, you can glean certain design elements from studying the images. Some of the below information is from Google’s translation, so I hope it’s accurate.
The home is built with three prefabricated modules and meant to show that green design can be affordable and attractive. An important aspect of the house is the open area in the middle, which could be used as a covered patio to extend the footprint of the home into the natural environment. Everything about the home is green, too, as far as I can tell: FSC-certified wood and siding, green label paints, low-VOC recycled carpet tiles, LED lighting, low-flow toilet, reinforced insulation, and photovoltaic panels. You’ll also notice the living roof that provides numerous efficiency benefits (and seems to get water from the slanted roof). In the end, the compact, modern home is very efficient. Matter of fact, it’s nearly net zero energy consumption once the solar panels are live. Nice.