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.
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:
Earlier this month, the USGBC awarded LEED Silver certification to the Resonance House, a project designed and built by the collaboration of Design Lab Inc. and University of Kentucky College of Design. Of note, the Resonance House is the first and only Kentucky home to be certified by the USGBC at the time of certification. It’s a 4,400 sf home with contemporary finishes and energy efficient elements. Located at 151 Old Georgetown Street in Lexington, the five-star plus Energy Star home has a small operating cost of 2.8 cents per sf, or ~$125 per month.
Keep your eyes out for the newest tool designed to rate cities in their efforts to push environmental stewardship. The STAR Community Index is like LEED, but it’s designed to rate local governments. With myriad green city rankings and websites trying to calculate the sustainability of local governments,* it’s high time for a highly respected, standardized formula for measuring a community’s sustainability. According to ICLEI, the STAR Program will create a process, not unlike LEED, to bring in leaders in the field toward the goal of establishing shared measures and processes for greening communities. STAR will have tiered levels, with the aim to accomplish the following: