New Norris house, Tennessee
The American Institute of Architects announced its top ten green buildings in the US for 2013 on Monday (Earth Day, uncoincidentally). It’s a diverse list, containing a cheese factory, senior citizens’ apartments, school buildings, and a smattering of LEED certificates. There’s only one net zero building on the list, though it’s worth remembering that it’s much easier to build a net zero home than it is a net zero office or factory.
I love this stuff. In most cases there is little premium added to the cost of construction – and sensible design can more than compensate.
The two of us live in 1200 sq.ft. designed and built on a tiny budget – and don’t use all the space we have.