Concept Home Charleston Design Released
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development unveiled its new vision for a sustainable, hurricane-resistant and energy-efficient home at the International Builder's Show in Orlando , FL. HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has revealed the design plans for a Concept Home demonstration project to be built in Charleston , South Carolina . Follow this link to watch a short video of the home's design through Google Earth and SketchUp.
"Architect Torti Gallas has taken the next step towards creating an appealing design that also integrates a systems approach to energy, water, durability, and sustainable materials in the home. We've selected innovations that complement and work well with each other to meet the project's goals", said James Lyons, Concept Home Charleston project manager and a Senior Engineer at Newport Partners, LLC.
Concept Home Charleston will serve as a model of sustainability, hurricane-resistance, efficient building practices, and floor plan flexibility. The project will incorporate the most advanced products and systems from leading manufacturers to demonstrate and educate both industry and consumers alike how design and technology innovations can create a sustainable, efficient and durable home that's also cost-effective to build and high in quality.
Major manufacturer partners in the program include Whirlpool, Alside, American Clay, Aspen Aerogels, BASF, Behr, Blue Marble Project, Broan-NuTone, DuPont Building Innovations, Georgia-Pacific, Honeywell, the Metal Roofing Alliance and Englert Roofing, PF WaterWorks, PGT, PulseSwitch Systems, Seisco, Studor, Viega, WaterSaver Technologies and Worthington Integrated Building Systems. The Department of Energy's Building America program will provide energy monitoring of the building once it's completed.
PATH Concept Home Charleston Design Review
The Concept Home team moved one step closer to creating Concept Home Charleston on December 4th when architects, builders, engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects all took part in an integrated design review session. America's second Concept Home features a design which does an excellent job of showing how the home can grow with the family. The home's service core consolidates mechanicals and plumbing areas in an efficient fashion, while simultaneously created open areas in other sections of the plan that serve as the living spaces. This approach to design essentially creates a library of components in modular dimensions - like the service core and a bedroom wing - that can be reconfigured in many different ways to create immense flexibility in a standardized manner.
The technology features of Concept Home II will flow from what works for the design and the location. Accordingly the project team is now in the midst of developing technical specs and selecting building systems. Some of the key issues discussed included the foundation approach in a hot/humid climate and the integration of PV with a metal roof system.
Concept Home Videos
Learn more about the PATH Concept Home by viewing these videos:
Information on America's First Concept Home is available here.