PGH of Louisville takes public spotlight

PGH of Louisville takes public spotlight

Proud Green Home of Louisville front elevation rendering, courtesy of Pohl Rosa Pohl

There’s still another month’s worth of work to be done on the Proud Green Home of Louisville, but the builder of the structure already has begun using his creation to spotlight how high-performance building can be achieved.

Sy Safi has organized a series of open houses and training sessions for real estate agents and those within the building industry to get an up-close look at how traditional construction methods and strategies can be modified easily to erect residences that spur positive, healthy impacts for both occupants and the environment.

“We’re trying to add credibility (to green building) ... and we want it to be recognized,” said Safi, of UberGreen Spaces & Homes.

Safi broke ground in February on the Proud Green Home of Louisville, also known as Su Verde, which means “about green” in Italian. Though the roughly 3,700-square foot structure is nearly complete, he intentionally is not putting on the finishing touches, wanting the future owner to have final say on finishes, basement design and other visual aspects.

Safi is working to have the home listed and soon have a prospective owner. He’s unsure how long it might take the sell the home, as it likely will list 20-30 percent more than residences of comparable size – a little more than $1 million, he estimates.

But getting potential buyers to understand the Su Verde’s value hinges on real estate agents, appraisers and lenders learning the true story of sustainable construction.

“This house has way more value in it,” Safi said. “This home is the future of housing. I’m not going to turn my back on it. … This house will pay you back. This house will cost less than a $500,000 house over a 30-year period.”

Safi hosted an informal open house last week for residents of Norton Commons, the community that will be home to the PGH. Among those who attended was a couple for whom Safi built a high-performance three years ago. They were there to illustrate how such an approach affects energy consumption, showing off their last month’s energy bill, which was $15.  

Below is the schedule for events involving the PGH of Louisville (all times Eastern):

  • Industry Day (for Realtors, appraisers and lenders), Oct. 18 and 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Industry Day (free continuing education units), Oct. 17, 19 and 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Art, furniture and decor sale, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Open to public, Oct. 15-23:
    • Monday – Friday, 5-9 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sundays, 1-6 p.m.


Topics: Building Green, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Healthy Homes, Proud Green Building, Proud Green Home of Louisville, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Products

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