A Cheap DIY Green Home For $86,000?

It’s a green home with all the bells and whistles, LEED supportive, with a footprint of just 860 square feet and a small price-tag to match.

The New Leap Adaptive Hummingbird h2 is, as the name suggests, actually the 2.0 version of the original Hummingbird home design, which was four feet smaller. Like the original, this home features passive solar, thermal mass and vertical “Heat Stack” design; R-5 rated windows and patio doors; a super efficient Takagi tankless on-demand water-heater; low-flow plumbing fixtures; energy efficient lighting, courtesy of LEDsand CFLs; an Energy Star rated heat-pump HVAC system; and reclaimed stone surfacing.

h2 home

image via Leap Adaptive

With two bedrooms, two baths, a “Chill Deck,” and an optional outside fireplace, the h2 is billed as an ideal tropical getaway or mountain retreat–or, if you happen to be interested in downsizing your life and its associated debt, an ideal primary residence as well.

Preliminary pricing puts Construction Documents for the h2 at $1895.00, the D.I.Y. Building Kit at $85,995.00, and Complete Construction starting at $119,995.00. Final pricing will be determined at the start of May.

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.