Students in A-B Tech’s Construction Management and Sustainability Technologies programs have built a 280 square-foot, LEED home, with the design of practicality, to be sold publicly to benefit the College’s Foundation.
Every detail supports a sustainable lifestyle including the following features in the open house plan: energy tax credits, passive solar design, renewable energy, recycled local materials, expandable structure, modular construction and rainwater retention roof.
“When we ask ourselves ‘where would Henry David Thoreau live in the 21st century?’ this home is the place,” said Heath Moody, interim chair of Construction Management at A-B Tech. “This is a high-performance home that may be small in its ecological and physical footprint, but is huge in many other ways.”
The house features concrete counter-tops, flex-design allowing easier construction of additions, super efficient mini-split heating and air, wood floors and walls, and post and beam with advancing framing infill to allow for easy modifications by the owner.
“This house acts as a true affordable home with affordable energy bills and could be used as a starter home, get-away cabin or natural disaster emergency housing,” Moody said. “High performance buildings are the future of construction and the A-B Tech Carpentry program is a great way to learn advanced methods in green construction.”
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S Green Building Council in 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.