That’s right, Platinum. LEED-H Platinum, that is. The Near-Zero Energy Home in Paterson, NJ, is quite the achievement. I first saw a picture of it in BusinessWeek, if I recall correctly. The home’s website at www.betterhomebetterplanet.com has a pretty good bank of construction and finished photos, as well as general info relating to the construction of a high-performance home. An interesting note about the Near-Zero Energy Home is that it will serve as a template for a project to build over 3,000 affordable housing units in Paterson.
Green building requires a holistic approach, where the aggregation of several energy efficient, environmentally conscious, and resource efficient pieces come together to create a home of high-performance. Here, there are three main systems (building envelope, solar power, and mechanical HVAC) that interact to create a home that’s 80% more efficient than your typical abode. Click here for a visualization of how each system works. The Near-Zero Energy Home has solar panels, solar water heating systems, cool metal roofing, Energy Star windows, insulated concrete forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels (SIPs), an Amana air conditioning system, and more…
BASF + China + McDonough?
Another interesting note relates to the future cooperation of Eco-tect William McDonough and BASF. Over the next 12 years, McDonough is charged with building seven cradle-to-cradle cities in China, housing +400 million people. Many of the technologies used in this Near-Zero Energy Home will also be used to help China achieve 65% reductions of energy use by 2020. Must be good.