‘Greenest Home In America’ Is Goal

Miami Beach, Fla., is not exactly known as a hotbed of green building activity, but the development team behind a new single-family home at 2020 Alton Road has set its sights on building the “Greenest Home in America.” According to contractor Robert Arkin and developer Matt Lahn of the Florida Green Home Design Group, the project is on track to meet that goal with a projected Home Energy Rating System (HERS) energy efficiency rate of 92 percent.

We imagine part of the emphasis on green here is based on the fact that the maximum allowable building space for the lot, as set by the city, is only 32 feet wide. The home will be built to make the most of its trim 3,200 square feet, targeting both LEED Platinum and net zero status. (If it were to achieve the former distinction, it would be the first home in South Florida to do so.)

2020 Alton Rd.

image via 2020 Alton Rd.

In order to achieve net zero status, 2020 Alton will feature a photovoltaic solar power system, vertical axis wind turbines, geothermal heating and cooling and advanced insulation technologies. A rainwater collection system will harvest and store the building’s roof runoff for use in landscape irrigation.

Construction of the home only recently began, and already the project has caught the eye of city officials: Last month, in a city hall ceremony, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and Commissioner Michael Gongora, chairman of the Miami Beach Sustainability Committee acknowledged the Florida Green Home Design Group’s  for its “visionary efforts.”

You can follow the progress of the building as it goes up via a real-time view of the project here, or through the project’s website.

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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.

1 Comment

  • Reply June 26, 2012


    This is going to be a truly awesome property.

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