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Green Building Council Honors Small, Affordable Home

1/12/2011 12:36:06 PM

Tags: U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC, 100k House, green homes, green home awards, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, green building awards, LEED, Robyn Griggs Lawrence


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its 2010 LEED for Homes Awards today, recognizing projects, developers and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. “This year’s winners embody the innovative work of dedicated leaders throughout the residential building community,” says Nate Kredich, USGBC vice president for residential market development. “These innovators are helping to transform the market toward more healthy, high performing homes that are regarded as some of the best in the country.”

The 2010 Project of the Year award was given to Postgreen’s 100K House in Philadelphia, a LEED Platinum home built for less than $100 per square foot that demonstrates compact development, streamlined design and construction process, and energy-efficiency strategies. The clean, simple, 1,150-square-foot modern home is built on an urban infill site, less than a quarter mile from the subway and close to several bus routes. “We believe that reusing land in a dense, transit-oriented neighborhood is a prerequisite to sustainable development,” the USGBC jury states.

100k house 

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, which built seven LEED-certified homes at the Gold or Platinum level, received the award for Outstanding Program Commitment. The Outstanding Production Builder award was given to Artistic Homes, which has built more than 230 LEED-certified homes in New Mexico. The Outstanding Single Family Project award was given to ILM Design Build’s 3404 Talon Court in Wilmington, North Carolina, a gut rehab project that earned one of the highest LEED scores nationwide. The award winners were selected from hundreds of nominations by an independent panel of judges nominated by the LEED for Homes stakeholder community.

 Photo above: The 100k House in Philadelphia is a great example of urban infill. Photo by Sam Oberter 

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Suzanne Horvath
6/24/2011 9:27:00 AM
I hope no one got paid for "designing" this monstrosity. Buildings going into old neighborhoods should reflect the overall building style in that area. Even if it has been blighted, there are still styles and structure that would bring the neighborhood together - but not this thing! Even older business buildings usually look more interesting and less frightful.

1/28/2011 6:32:31 PM
This is one of the ugliest houses that I have ever seen. Green houses should be, and usually are, just as nice as traditionally built houses.

Lynda H
1/22/2011 3:28:35 AM
"...streamlined design and construction process," (it's a box) and "energy-efficiency strategies" (-which are...?) It's major claim for the title of "green" seems to be that it was built on an urban infill site. Am I missing something here? Are all the building materials sustainable? Renewable and/or recyclable? What are they? Why is there no balcony or rooftop garden? Where are the water tanks? And why are so many of these "green" buildings ugly boxes? It looks as if it's straight out of a drug-induced cartoon...

A Knesal
1/21/2011 12:09:55 PM
While all 'Green' effort is commendable, the '100k' project is a long way from green at only '90.5', out of a potential '136'. This building envelope suffers in some very important ways the most notable of which is the 'Indoor Environmental Quality', followed by 'Energy & Atmosphere', both quite critical to a truly green habitat. A glaring misuse of space is the roof, especially considering the small foot print. Viable use of the roof area could have contributed to energy and water savings plus the utility of an out door living area. A Knesal 'ULTRASPACE'

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