Published on November 20th, 2008 | by Joel Bittle15
Can a Modern Green Home Be Built for $100K?
Follow Philly’s Postgreen as they attempt to build a modern green home for $100,000.
Just over a year ago, Philadelphia developer Postgreen undertook an ambitious project, to build a modern green home for $100,000. Not only are they seeking to shatter the myth that green homes are unaffordable, but they are documenting every step on their site, 100KHouse.com. Located in the New Kensington area of Philadelphia, the house will be a roughly 1,000 square foot two bedroom one and a half bath modern style home – and will not be a prefab; rather it is being built from the ground up according to LEED for Homes guidelines using such affordable energy saving materials as SIPs (structurally insulated panels.)
Documenting the progress of the 100K House are Postgreen President Chad Ludeman and PR Director Nic Darling. Both are convinced that affordable green building is not only possible, but necessary to bring about true environmental change. Their blog posts are not limited to the progress of the 100K House; they write about a range of interesting green topics.
Anyone interested in beginning a green building project should take some time to follow the construction of the 100K House. Their steps are well thought out and detailed (Nic used his own house to study interior space usage for a week) and the lessons learned from each step are clearly laid out and easily understood.
I look forward to following their progress and will provide an update when they are finished.
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Pictures courtesy of Postgreen.