Residential projects showcase green trends in architecture
on Wednesday,March 18,2009 19:03
Two new residential projects just completed in Atlanta are among the first of this kind in the city and set a new standard for sustainable design.
Greensphere homes, completed by the architectural firm Concourse E, are among the most energy efficient homes in the country, incorporating green technologies such as solar panels, green roofs, vegetated walls and soy-based spray foam.
In addition to that, they bring a unique modern architectural aesthetic to a city which is known for its traditional Southern style.
One of the houses receives the majority of its power through roof mounted solar panels resulting in 60-90 percent energy cost savings.
The firm was founded by Jeff Demetriou on the belief that modern design not only entails a progressive aesthetic, but also an environmental consciousness, and is committed to meeting the goals of the Architecture 2030 Challenge.
"You build green because it''s really the only option you have if you''re truly committed to preserving the environment in which we all live," says Demetriou.
He adds, "Sustainability and a symbiotic relationship with nature are not trends - they are how most organisms on the planet live...so why should we behave any differently?"
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