The Future of Single Family Homes

From on January 12, 2010 in Green Remodeling

Getting attached to homes the way I do, I was surprised to hear murmurings of the coming obsoleteness of single-family dwellings for sustainability’s sake. What about sustaining the memories, the devoted remodeling and green efforts in the homes we’ve made a part of our families? I can’t imagine putting them out to pasture just yet. However, there are some valid points to consider while keeping the American Dream of homeownership alive without killing our surroundings during the build. Below are some impressive examples of future green living:

House #1 - EcoDeep Haus in St. Paul, Minnesota

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This St. Paul family’s green roof has five solar panels and a couple of thermal solar panels, but the crown jewels are these lush, emerald plants from LiveRoof. They soak up rainwater and look naturally beautiful, unlike asphalt, gravel and traditional roofing materials. All excess rainwater is harvested, and thanks to efficient plumbing and other fixtures, water conservation in this house is over-the-top.

House # 2 - Georgia Has First Platinum Home Rehab

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This entryway welcomes you to the first LEED certified home in the state of Georgia and the first southeastern redo to land Platinum level certification. This 1950s home has a long list of eco-conscious elements that made their way through the front door.

House #3 - Michigan’s Green Home Prefab Cottage in a Day

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Prefab never looked so enticing until Cottage in a Day came along. The structural features include Energy Star windows, efficient HVAC systems, and locally sourced natural wood and building materials, to name a few eco-friendly features.

House #4 - Platinum Net-Zero Energy Yannell House in Chicago

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Butterfly roofing that allows for solar panels and rainwater collection? Amazing. And that’s just one of the home’s sustainable features that allow it to set the stage for green building in the future.

House #5 - Levine’s Modern California Green Renovation

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Attention was paid to every detail, especially the green stuff. Home solar power and natural light, composting, rainwater collection, irrigation and recycling…you name it, and this house has it environmentally covered.

How to Live & Build Green:

  • Bigger is not always better. Be able to count the number of rooms on your fingers.
  • Build or add on with affordability and ecological sensibility at the forefront of the plans.
  • Develop a home that works with the environment (i.e. an addition with solar panels) instead of one that bleeds it dry.

Choose locations that depend less on private cars and more on public transportation, walking and biking to destinations.

Photo Credit: Treehugger, Jetson Green, & Huffington Post