An adaptable floor plan design, prefabricated building components, and energy-efficient material selections helped this concept home in Nebraska achieve a LEED Silver rating. The architects started with an insulated concrete foundation and built the house with prefab walls and floor frames. Foam insulation, a tankless water heater, and a metal roof also contribute to energy efficiency. Other green decisions include mildew-fighting low-odor paint, wireless lighting control, and products that can be recycled at the end of their lives.
CATEGORY: Green/Sustainable project
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: Torti Gallas and Partners, Silver Spring, Md.
BUILDER: Brighton Construction Co., Lincoln, Neb.
DEVELOPER: Newport Partners, Davidsonville, Md.
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Patricia Gaylor, Little Falls, N.J.