Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on November 9, 2008
The Environmental House Plan is the brainchild of Lars Hundley of Clean Air Gardening and Bryan Welty of Virtual Architect. Like other modular homes, the plan is adaptable to many different combinations, and the architect is available to modify the plan to personal desire. The blueprints for this house alone are sold on their website, a set of 5 running $1,895.00.
It’s a good-looking idea at an even better looking price.
What gives Environmental House Plan its greenness factor over some other modular homes is site orientation. These guys offer free siting to maximize the efficiency of the sun’s angle. The overhangs and wood louvers block steep summer sun angles, but allow low angled winter sun into the house. The house has a heavy mass to the north or northwest side, which acts as a buffer to the cold side of the house. The raised pier foundation allows airflow around the house, and should cause little disturbance to the natural drainage of the building site.
And then there’s the rest of the plan. The plan suggests the owner choose eco-friendly options in building the rest of the house. Their website has a great list of online resources for building ecologically, but it’s DIY. You buy the best materials locally, like the engineered lumber. You pick out the energy efficient windows, doors and best available insulation. You do it up green. That’s why it’s called the Environmental House Plan.
Sounds like a plan, man.