I know that where I went to college, the president's home was far larger than 1,900 square feet and definitely not green. Often supplied by the University itself for the president to live in and use for entertaining, Unity College recently built a LEED Platinum certified home as the residence for their president.
Located down a small slope from Unity College's main campus, the Unity House was built as the President's residence, currently Mitchell S. Thomashow and his wife. The small University in Maine prides itself on environmental sustainability making the LEED Platinum certified house a great fit.
The home is modular residence and a prototype designed by a program at MIT and built by New Hampshire-based timber-frame company Bensonwood Homes. The modular house was built in a warehouse, transported to site and then assembled. It is currently serving as a case study on performance and durability for future homes of a similar design. While this prototype cost $400,000 to built, they're hoping to refine the process down so that similar homes will cost $200,000 to $250,000.
The house has a flat roof whose solar panels give the illusion of a pitched roof. With the solar panels and efficiency amenities, the home is energy neutral, thanks to super-insulated walls and ceilings. Other green features include the radiant heat concrete floors, walls from recycled OSB board that has been sanded and oiled, paper-stone counters, and no less than 8 inches of insulation.
Read more about the home at the Living Green in Unity House blog.
(Images by The Thomashow's)