20 Aug 2009 02:08:10
100k house project praised
A project in the US to build new sustainable homes for just $100,000 has been praised by environmental experts.
The 100k House scheme has been developed by Post Green in Philadelphia and features two houses built for $100,000 (£60,753) and $120,000 respectively.
Website Jetson Green indicated that the initiative has managed to achieve its goal of building inexpensive, environmentally-friendly properties that provide homeowners with a chance to reduce their carbon footprints.
Size has been concentrated on by Post Green, with the cheaper home covering 1,150 square feet and the larger one 1,270 - considerably less than normal new builds.
In addition, solar thermal hot water, dual flush toilets, rainwater collection, efficient lighting and an ivy green wall with drought-tolerating landscaping have been included.
Preston Koerner from Jetson Green said: "What I liked about the project was its attempt to marry three essential elements: style, sustainability, and affordability.
"All too often, these three are hard to put together in the same package."
Other schemes being developed by Post Green include the Skinny Project and the Passive Project.http://www.100khouse.com/2009/08/19/the-net-zero-postgree...