E.A.S.Y. House A Nice Green Dwelling

So far, we’ve covered two of the finalists in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Natural Talent Design Competition, the Little Easy and RAMPed UP. Now we bring you the E.A.S.Y. House, a candidate for the green re-building of New Orleans.

As the name suggests, the E.A.S.Y. house was designed to be ‘easy’ in every way, while still maintaining the functionality and sense of aesthetics that will ensure the quality of life to the people of the Broadmoor neighborhood (where the winning design of the competition will be built), Towards that end, the design focuses on four major factors: Efficiency, Accessibility, Safety, and You (the owner).

Natural Talent Design Competition E.A.S.Y. House

image via Open Architecture

Prefabricated building materials that help to eliminate waste, as well as passive solar orientation and Energy Star appliances, all contribute to the efficiency of the home; a vertical platform lift, grab bars, and lowered closet rails all help with the home’s accessibility; and safety in the face of hurricanes and flooding are addressed by the fact that the house is raised 8’ above grade on concrete piles and features a rooftop accessible via mechanical lift and retractable ladder for emergency evacuation.

The focus on ‘you,’ the tenant, is provided via a flexible, modular design allowing for ease of future renovation, as well as plenty of outdoor spaces for interacting with the neighborhood and a rooftop garden/green roof. The complete house design is accessible online through the Open Architecture Network.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.