Green gadget of the year. No paper, printing, shipping, or warehousing of books!
Last year Clayton Homes of Knoxville, TN made a quantum leap in sustainable and affordable living with their introduction of the i-house. This is the little house that roared across the blogosphere in 2009 [it was #1 in Top 10 Jetson Green Stories of 2009].
I'm stoked to begin the new year/decade by announcing the Berkshire Hathaway company is bringing the i-house to Atlanta.
In addition to solar, this i-house will be the first to feature the i-raincatcher, a rainwater harvesting system custom designed to fully leverage the rain catchment capabilities of the ecohome's metal butterfly roof.
As my readers know, I'm fond of christening projects. I'm calling Atlanta's first i-house the LightHouse because this home will be a beacon of sustainability and affordability to the Atlanta community.
This home will define sustainable with the following features:
- Solar panels
- Whole-house rainwater harvesting system
- HERS rating of 42 [Almost 60% more energy-efficient than the typical new home]
- System built [greenest way to build]
- Location efficient [embedded in one of Atlanta's most walkable neighborhoods and close to MARTA, future BeltLine, and bike paths]
This home will define affordability because of:
- Potential utility costs of $1 per day courtesy of the HERS rating and solar panels
- Potential $0 per month water bills
- Energy tax credits of 65% of cost of solar
- Price point well below homes with similar green features
The i-house homeowner will live light-on-the-land with operational costs that will be light-on-the-pocketbook.
We will be announcing the location soon, so stay tuned...