Little Easy Green Home Idea Goes Simple

Not long back, we covered the U.S. Green Building Council’s Natural Talent Design Competition, open to students and professionals with big ideas for small, ADA-accessible green houses in re-building New Orleans. Now we bring you specs on one of the finalists for the contest, the Little Easy.

This single family residence, designed by Ben Uyeda with architect Stephanie Horowitz, achieves its LEED Platinum-candidate profile on a budget by focusing on design strategies and measures that achieve multiple ecological goals, including a great room, open shelf cabinets, a consolidated kitchen area, “flex” space, energy-efficient HVAC system, a tight building envelope, cross ventilation, rainwater catchment tanks for raised garden beds, and multiple outdoor living spaces, including an “outdoor living room.”

The Little Easy

image via Open Architectrue Network

The Little Easy is 855 square feet and comes in at a cool $99625 in construction costs, making it easy on the pocketbook as well as the environment. It features hurricane straps on the framing members that tie the structure together, preventing uplift, as well as a number of hurricane-proof design elements.

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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.