LEAP Adaptive sells modern, green home plans online and they have recently designed their smallest home plan and are making it available to owners, contractors and architects. The Hummingbird is a 480-square-foot home that is energy efficient and utilizes a passive photovoltaic framework, low-VOC materials and the latest in green technology.
The Hummingbird has a living and kitchen area with a fire-ribbon fireplace (which requires no venting) and a large, covered deck which LEAP calls a “chill” space. A small bedroom and bathroom suite are also included. Plans for the hummingbird are priced at $995, the building kit is around $55,000 and an on-site built Hummingbird is about $80,000 which does not include the general contractor fee, building or permit fees.
Other green options included in the Hummingbird are:
- Cement board or teak siding
- Trex recycled content-engineered deck planking
- Low-mass Structural Insulated Panels
- Multi-unit sliding glass doors with dual-pane Low-E glass
- Simpson “Strong-Wall” seismic resisting brace-frames
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures
- EnergyStar rated Heat-pump HVAC system, lighting and on-demand water heater
LEAP Adaptive is a home design group in San Diego, California. Design director Brian Darnell has spent the last 22 years designing multi-million-dollar residential estates, but realized that “the lust for size and granduer has given way to the realization that the economics and ecology of our flattening world can no longer support such extravagance.” LEAP seeks to create environmental designs that are easier on the owner’s wallet as well as on the earth.
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