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Postgreen, a sustainable building and design company, wanted to address a demographic that was not being served in Philadelphia: Urban dwellers who want to live in a green property, but do not want to move to the suburbs or spend the money, typically $500,000 and up, for most builder’s green creations.
So the team set out to build its inaugural projects, the $100K and $120K infill homes in the sleekest, greenest, low-waste designs they could muster, while resisting the “bells and whistles” that drive prices up. They wanted the 100K home to come in at a building cost under $100 per square foot, so they had to work extra hard at efficiencies in all aspects of construction. The result: Two two-story loft homes with two bedrooms each priced at between $200,000 and $250,000, both on commute-free city lots, walking distance to subway and bus stops.
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan have announced new contracting efforts that they say will enhance livability and sustainability initiatives and improve competition for federal highway projects. The new process removes conflicting HUD and Federal Highway Administration contracting requirements, giving state and local agencies more flexibility, officials said.
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By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now
The US Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon showcased the best in solar-powered home design as conceived by colleges students. Over 20 teams from across North America and Europe competed in this year’s competition.
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