Currently Reading

Energy-Efficient, 3-Bedroom House Design Available for Free Download

Advertisement

Energy-Efficient, 3-Bedroom House Design Available for Free Download


September 20, 2019
Graphic_for_sustainable_home_design_plans
Graphic: City of Phoenix

In an effort to reduce it environmental footprint, the City of Phoenix, Arizona, and the American Institute of Architects’ Arizona chapter devised a design competition called Sustainable Home Design with the aim of offering the winning plan to anyone at no cost. Local architects competed to design homes that would achieve a nearly net-zero footprint—meaning it creates as much energy as it uses. More specifically, architects’ submissions had to be rated by the official Home Energy Rating System, or HERS, which measures a single-family dwelling’s energy efficiency. The lower the index score, the more green the home; the design competition asked for a HERS rating of 30, which is 70% lower than most houses.

The winner of the contest was Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects. The studio’s affordable, three-bedroom home, dubbed HOME nz, has an impressive HERS rating of zero. The City of Phoenix has made the construction plans for HOME nz  available for free to encourage the public to build more eco-friendly homes. 

“The city of Phoenix has a very visionary sustainability director and department who are looking for leadership for built work in the Phoenix area,” says Imirzian. “[The] goal was to show how simple moves could result in significant [environmental] changes.”

Read More

Related Stories

Solar

Record Number of Solar Panels Installed in 2020

The U.S. solar industry didn't just endure the pandemic, it thrived. Solar installations increased 43% year over year in 2020, resulting in a…

Sustainability

Top Sustainable Features Buyers Want

Homebuyers say energy efficiency is a top priority when searching for a home, according to a survey by The National Association of Home Builders.…

Green Design

A Time Without Tap Water is Coming, Here’s How Builders Can Help

Day Zero, the day tap water is no longer available, is creeping close for major cities, such as Los Angeles and New York. It’s already a reality…

Advertisement
Advertisement

More in Category




Advertisement
Advertisement

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.


Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Subscribe
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.