Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The first U.S. home to meet the Living Building Challenge

The challenge asks the question: "What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? " Can this house become the first U.S. home to meet the Living Building Challenge? The existing house was taken down and all parts reused or sold by the two brothers Garrett and Dustin Moon. This is when they discovered that their building design might qualify for the Living Building Challenge. This new house will generate it's own power, be passively heated and cooled, and captures and reuses its water. The building must prove its design during 12 continuous months. The house features passive solar design, living roof gardens, solar panels, composting toilets, non-toxic construction, rain catchment, and gray water sand filtration. Excess energy produced will be sold back to the local power company. Stella and I are so excited to see a design that connects to and is a part of the ecosystem in an urban environment. This alone is is a great achievement. Way to go Garret and Dustin! To read more about their "the commons" house click on their website at http://pdxlivingbuilding.com/

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