The Little Green Home, A Little Bigger

Looking to build your new green nest? If your motto is “less is more,” consider the new Hummingbird h3 home from Leap Adaptive of San Diego. Like its predecessors – the Hummingbird h1 and h2 – the home features all the green building bells and whistles, from passive solar design to a tankless water heater. Unlike its predecessors, it features three bedrooms across 1,350 square feet, a bump up from the h1 and h2, at 480 and 860 square feet, respectively.

Call it the biggest of the little, as the h3 design is the largest iteration of Leap Adaptive’s smallest design, the Hummingbird. (The company’s other designs include the Acacia, Nano and DragonFly.) Like all of Leap Adaptive’s designs, the home makes use of a proprietary design and construction system, offering complete home plans and DIY construction kits.

Leap Adaptive Hummingbird h3

image via Leap Adaptive

The Hummingbird h3 is new for 2012 and is LEED supportive, including green features such as high-efficiency windows, panelized construction, low flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star-rated appliances, LED/CFL lighting and reclaimed stone surfacing. Plans make use of passive solar, thermal mass and vertical “Heat Stack” design, integrated into a home intended to make small beautiful (and green).

The Hummingbird h3 consists of 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a large kitchen-greatroom area, two “chill decks” and a two-car garage, as “at home in a rural setting as it is in a sun-kissed tropical hideaway.” It’s yours (as of New Year’s Day 2012) for $1,955.00 (plans), or $134,995.00 (D.I.Y Construction Kit).

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.

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