There's a bit of a rivalry going on with the US Green Building Council, the authority that established the LEED standards. One of their member chapters in the Pacific Northwest wants to go beyond the current standards. So inspired, brothers Dustin and Garrett Moon decided to take on the challenge.
Their first step: demolish the house they bought for about $200,000.
With the old, incorrectly oriented house out of the way, the brothers have plans for a two-story, green-roofed, solar structure they call The Commons. According to the Oregonian, the total cost is projected to be around $200,000 -- a figure we expect to see creep higher as the project goes on, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.
You can join us in keeping tabs on the project at the Moon's website, res communis. We'll work on getting you inside as construction progresses.
photo and illustration: The Oregonian