Each year around Earth Day the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrate the top ten green projects of the past year. This year's list included two homes — one a net-zero live/work home, the other a small affordable house in a planned community.
According to the AIA, the COTE Top Ten Green Projects program "celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment. Entries are examined in regard to their design and innovation, integration with their community, land use and effect on site ecology, bioclimatic design, energy and water use, approach to light and air, materials and construction, long-life considerations, and feedback loops."
A New Norris House
The team focused on transforming housing through small changes that are more easily accepted by the public. The project uses the enduring fascination with the historic cottages and land-use plan to compel home-buyers to consider compact living. At 1008 sf, A New Norris House is less than half the size of the median house, and it is sited on a 0.3 acre lot. “Right-sizing” reduced material and operational loads and costs, and shifted funds to quality design and construction, passive strategies and high-efficiency systems.
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