How to Construct an Environmental-Friendly House on a Tight Budget

Are you aware that 2 New York based designers designed an asymmetrical residence with fixed funds of $250,000?

Designers and Jersey City citizens Richard Garber (assistant tutor at Nj Institute of Technology’s University of Architecture and Design in Newark) and Nicole Robertson of GRO Architects in New York rose to the difficult task of creating and managing the building of a single-family house that’s a genuine proof of both revolutionary design and environmental-friendly technologies.

Denis Carpenter not too long ago bought a compact vacant lot and, to achieve his interest for the ecosystem, desired a residence that was cost-efficient and very easy to maintain.

What's so unique about this home?

- In the home, on the floor level, radiant heating under the exposed cement floor heats up the full bathing room and 2 sleeping rooms.

- In the attic-like 2nd level, sleek aluminum and stainless steel railings accent the bamboo stairway to the mezzanine, family room and an artfully designed kitchen made with restored home appliances and cabinetry.

- Passive air conditioning strategies like fans and clerestory windows permit occupants to remain cool during summer months and warm during winter months.

- The roof consists of 260 feet square of solar panels that provide around 2,000 kilowatts of energy yearly to a battery stored in the basement.

- The root have a 2-foot-square area planted with drought-resist to collect rain .

This single family 1,600-square-foot home was constructed in 6 months and won a 2009 American Institute of Architects merit award and the 2010 Green Building of the Year Award from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.

Ok now what? How can you convert your home into an environmentally-friendly home without investing too much funds?

If you're redesigning a home, perform an energy review first to help you figure out what energy efficiency enhancements should and can be made to your home. In this way you'll measure how much energy your home utilizes.

My personal favorite eco-friendly method is the passive solar cooling/heating design.

Passive solar signifies that your home's windows, walls, and floors can be created to collect, store, and distribute solar power in the form of heat in the winter season and reject solar heat in the summer time.

Existing structures can be adapted or "retrofitted" to passively collect and store solar heat too.

These 5 factors constitute a comprehensive passive solar home design:

The Collector - The area through which sunlight enters the building (usually windows).

The Absorber - The hard, darkened surface of the storage element. Sunlight hits the surface and is absorbed as heat.

The Thermal Mass - The components that retain or store the heat generated by sunlight below or behind the absorber surface.

The Distributor - The technique by which solar heat circulates from the collection and storage points to different areas of the house.

The Controller - Roof overhangs may be used to shade the aperture area during summer season or Thermostats that signal a fan to turn on.

About the writer - Cynthia Booth publishes articles for the architecture careers advice blog. It's a nonprofit web site dedicated to offer help for beginning designers who need resources for their careers. With this she would like to boost the interest on eco-friendly home design and change the general public perception of energy efficiency.

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One Response to “How to Construct an Environmental-Friendly House on a Tight Budget”

  1. Russ Says:

    you call 250000 a tight budget?Try 25000.That is a tight one! I have no help from anyone

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