Saturday, November 10, 2007

Video: Building A Better Green House

Project7ten , named for the address of our model green house, is a three-dimensional example that showed people the reality of green building and green living. People can come and tour the house to see how beautiful, but also how possible it is to live green. It's a showcase of how you can live both in the green and in style. Business-wise, the house also provided a sustainable fundraising model that supports environmental organizations (the proceeds from the public tours of Project7ten and the sale of the home help to support Healthy Child Healthy World and the NRDC).

Designed by Melinda Gray of Gray Matter Architecture and built by Tom Schey of Minimal Productions it provides a living example of a cutting edge home, with an aesthetic in harmony with the environment.

It has been an amazing and positive experience to me as both an environmentalist and a fundraiser. Definite hats off to my partner Tom Schey for his great ideas and the consciousness and care he put into building this home. We as a team feel really positive about the outcome of this organic process and, courtesy of Attention Span Media, are thrilled to share it with anyone who is interested.

LSB: Solar/Green Homes have been an interest for me for a while, so I was interested to read about a competition to build the next generation of green homes with affordable technology. "For the first time in the three-year history of the Solar Decathlon, a European team has won the collegiate competition to build and operate the best solar home. Students from Germany's Technishe Universitat Darmstadt beat 19 other teams to take top honors. reports: Stretching four blocks and flanking both sides of the [National Mall in Washington, D.C.], each home in the Solar Village had to power itself using only the sun over the two-week trial period, and also had to generate enough energy to fuel an electric car." See pictures of the green homes here.

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