Green Home of the Year blends smart design and technology
A green home in Park City, Utah, was named Green Home of the Year by Green Builder magazine, in recognition of its sophisticated design, progressive resource-saving technologies and advanced building science.
The winning home was designed by Jean-Yves Lacroix and built by Garret Strong. Careful site orientation takes advantage of the lot's extraordinary views and maximizes the ability to use solar power for the home's heating and cooling. Green products include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), smart glazing, cool metal roofing, efficient appliances and low-flow faucets.
“We chose this project as our Green Home of the Year because of the way it marries sleek European design with high performance,” says Green Builder media editorial director Cati O’Keefe. "We received many excellent entries, but this home exemplified how green can be both beautiful and affordable."
Judge Mark Johnson, director of architect relations and education for Masco Cabinetry, selected the home as the grand prize winner because “its green attributes make it easy for the homeowner to live sustainably.”
According to Green Builder magazine, “Research has shown that the built environment -- and its proximity to or detachment from nature -- has a profound effect on human psychology. Each design choice changes how we interact with a space, how long we may live there, even our relationships with the space. This month's award-winning homes demonstrate sensitivity to that human element.”
Pictures: Green Home of the Year
(Photos courtesy of Jacob Kauppila and Green Builder Magazine)
Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www