green|spaces Launches Next Generation Homes - A Design Competition And Development

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

green|spaces Tuesday launched Next Generation Homes - A Design Competition andDevelopment.  

Executive Director of green|spaces Michael Walton said, “This competition is intended to be as much as a teaching tool for regional design professionals and builders as it is a means to arrive at the best possible design solution for a challenging site with high performance goals for energy, water, materials, and health. The quality, budget, and feasibility of the designs are especially important as we intend to work with the winning team to develop a complete set of construction documents, and then build their design on the site, subject to financial and regulatory approval at each phase."

Teams must consist of at least one architect/designer, one engineer, and one contractor/manufacturer all practicing, teaching, or building within a 200 mile radius of the project site located at 677-703 Hamilton Ave. between Hamilton Ave. and North Market St. Teams must submit a design for at least four single family detached houses, each with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a maximum size of 2,000 gross square feet.

The anonymous entries will be judged by a selection committee on seven criteria; Design: Livability and beauty of the entire site, and each individual unit; Energy: Produce as much energy as consumed; Health: Protect and promote health; Water: Reduce and reuse potable water and rainwater; Materials: Cradle to Cradle, Assemble and Disassemble; Technology: Wired for the future; and Budget: Maximize cost efficiency, make each component work harder. 

The winning team will be awarded $10,000 in addition to the potential paid commission for the development of construction documents and public recognition at the awards event. Additionally, five finalists will receive $1,000 each and public recognition at the awards event on Sept. 9. Registration is open until July 7, and designs entries must be submitted to green|spaces by Aug. 16.

Construction of the homes is planned to begin in 2015. “Once the first home is complete, it will be open to the public for tours," said Dawn Hjelseth, director of Development at green|spaces.  "We want to educate everyone on new products and technologies that they can implement if they are building a new home or renovating. The technology is available, cost effective and provides long term savings for the homeowner along with the benefits to the health of the homeowner and the environment.” After the tours, the homes will be sold to the public to fund future projects at green|spaces.

For more information on the competition, visit http://www.greenspaceschattanooga.com/nextgen 

Sponsorship of the development is still available. Contact Ms. Hjelseth at 648-0963 for details.


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