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.
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:
It’s fun getting weeMail … we’ve just learned from Alchemy Architects about some new weeHouse announcements relating to affordability and sustainability. First things first, everyone wants to know about prefab pricing, right? You can now get a 2000 sf weeHouse with so called Good Stuff for around $125 per sf, give or take. Second, weeHouse has teamed up with The Fusion Companies to offer off-grid and supplemental Energy Kits for weeHouses.
Serenbe is located in Palmetto, Georgia, about 30-45 minutes southwest of Atlanta. The 900 acre community will preserve 70% of it’s land and eventual plans include about 600 homes. All Serenbe homes will be EarthCraft certified and the community offers a variety of options including work/live townhomes, cottages, and estates. The architecture is diverse and charming and is often inspired by historical buildings. There’s a Dwell Home being built (see below), and the above home by Redbone Construction was featured in various green building articles in local Atlanta publications.