New Norris House Seeks LEED Platinum

The University of Tennessee recently opened the New Norris House, a 21st-century home that revisits the old Norris community project.  As background, during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority built a model community as part of a water works project in Tennessee.  According to the New Norris House site, the old Norris homes were innovative and included electricity and heating systems for the first time in the region.


By |September 7th, 2011|Prefab, Single Family|7 Comments

Work Begins on New LEED Platinum Prefab

Cascade Built just announced a new single-family home in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  “Alley House 2” was designed by Seattle-based David Foster Architects and is currently under construction by Method Homes in an off-site factory.  The project team is seeking LEED Platinum certification with completion set for about October 2011.


By |August 30th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|5 Comments

LEED Platinum Sungazing Home in Utah

I like visiting new green homes like this one, the Sungazing House in Park City, Utah.  I wrote about the home one year ago today and used some informal photos to create a short video embedded above.  Since my initial tour, the net-zero, LEED Platinum project has been featured all over the world in such places as Green Builder Magazine and EcoHome Magazine


By |August 25th, 2011|Single Family, video|1 Comment

Ultra-Green Zero Cottage in California

ZeroCottage is a cutting-edge green home under construction in San Francisco.  The net-zero energy project by David Baker and Partners Architects is pursuing every notable green building certification around, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, Green Point Rated, and Passive House.


By |August 18th, 2011|Modern architecture, Passive House|6 Comments

C3: First Modular Green Home in Chicago

I recently noticed this time-lapse video of C3, the first, green, modular home in Chicago, so I decided it was time to update our coverage of the project.  The five-module home was designed by Square Root Architecture + Design, and general contractor Helios Design + Build ensured a smooth assembly in one day on November 9, 2010.  After some site work, the owners are now finishing the landscaping for final images.  But we have some early photos of the completed home.


By |June 6th, 2011|LEED, Prefab|1 Comment

LEED Platinum Condos at Primera Terra

KB Home recently unveiled one of the largest communities of LEED Platinum homes in Playa Vista, California.  Called Primera Terra, the community has 52 luxury condos certified to green building standards and each home will have an Energy Performance Guide sticker.  These homes are about 40% more efficient than Title 24 standards and could cost as low as $57 per month on heating and cooling.


By |June 1st, 2011|Condo|1 Comment