Energy-Efficient Home on a Budget: The Urban Green Project in Minnesota

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Eric Odor and Chris Meyer from SALA Architects completed the design for a 2,250 square foot sustainable residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Entitled “The Urban Green Project”, the building accommodates three bedrooms and two bathrooms and was constructed with a budget of $500,000. Traditional and contemporary design elements were cleverly mixed together, resulting in welcoming interiors, filled with color and personality.

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We were intrigued by this home’s energy efficiency, which is why we will list some of its highlight features, as mentioned by the architects: “Passive solar heating and day lighting, natural ventilation due to the narrow building profile and open plan, high-efficiency appliances, high-efficiency dual-stage furnace, dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, bamboo floors, composite fiber-cement siding, shell durability walk-through, blower door-performance testing”. Wood is present throughout (floors, kitchen appliances, wall panels, stairs), enhancing the feeling of cosiness. Next for the main house, the project included an unfinished basement and a detached garage.

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