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.
This is an ultra-efficient project that recently broke ground in Whistler, British Columbia. It’s interesting and innovative on many different levels. First, the Whistler Passive House Duplex has to meet affordability requirements as part of the Whistler Resident Housing Initiative. Second, the project team is pursuing Passive House for both homes. Third, the project will be built with a unique panelized prefabricated wall system.
Santa Monica-based LivingHomes is doing great things with factory-built homes designed by elite architects. They built the first LEED Platinum home in the country and have since certified about 8 more Platinum-level prefabs in various places. Not satisfied with only single family homes, the company has been working on this 3-unit multifamily project in Los Altos, which is also shooting for Platinum certification.
The ‘Power Haus’ by Josh Wynne Construction in Sarasota, Florida has achieved the lowest HERS rating on record in the U.S., a negative 22, with an elegant, well-crafted design. Earning 118 LEED points the home is just shy of also becoming the highest scoring LEED home in the country by 1.5 points to the Helenowski Residence in Chicago, which holds the highest known score at 119.5.
It’s only been three months since we first mentioned this New Jersey prefab, yet the modern LABhaus is complete and the owners are spreading their wings in the new place. The single-family home has 2,438 square feet with a basement, four bedrooms, and three baths. It was built with the owners’ budget of $340,000 and includes beautiful green and luxurious elements.
DesignByMany recently held a contest seeking a low-cost, low-energy home for New Orleans. The brief requested designs in a shotgun typology and entrants were encouraged to strive to meet Passive House standards. The winners have now been announced and sustainable.TO took top honors, according to Arch Daily. Check out the top five homes, and click through for more detail on each home.