Sustainable Houses

A-B Tech Students Build Tiny LEED-Certified Green Home

A group of students from the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College have built the first house in America that meets the requirements of North Carolina Healthy Built, Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

“When we ask ourselves ‘where would Henry David Thoreau live in the 21st century?’ this home is the place,” Heath Moody, interim chair of Construction Management at A-B Tech said about the 280-square-foot he and his colleagues built. “This is a high-performance home that may be small in its ecological and physical footprint, but is huge in many other ways.” Known as the LEED House, this modern structure has a flexible modular design that facilitates the construction of additions, post and beam with advancing framing infill that allow easy modifications by the owner, and features efficient mini-split heating and air for when solar energy isn’t available, wood floor and walls, birch cabinets, concrete countertops, tongue and groove ceiling,  and rainwater retention roof.

The LEED House was designed with practicality and sustainability in mind, using recycled local materials, and incorporating all kinds of green features like passive solar design, renewable energy sources and energy tax credits. “This house acts as a true affordable home with affordable energy bills and could be used as a starter home, get-away cabin or natural disaster emergency housing,” It can fit on any site an because it measures less than 500 square meters it’s considered an ancillary structure that allows it to share a lot with other residences. The tiny LEED House is to be sold publicly to raise funds for the college’s foundation.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S Green Building Council in 2000. It framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

 

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