What is new, green and modern and will cost you only 100k to build???

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate

For the first time in recorded construction history, an innovative local development company will attempt to build a totally green and modern house for just $100,000 in Philadelphia.
By making this creative idea a reality, Postgreen, the developer, could easily crush a social myth or two. Though ecology awareness has seemingly increased in recent years, it seems that going green was a privilege reserved for the affluent. Those who are actually able to take action and install environmentally friendly systems or integrate green technologies in their homes are mostly upper class folks, celebrities and alike (to their credit, many took the green thinking seriously and promoted the "coolness" of the matter so it appeals more to the general public). But today, more than ever, green isn't just a color, it's a statement. So why shouldn't people be able to live it?    

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Postgreen is determined to show new, green and modern is indeed possible in a home for an affordable price IF designed properly. After quite a bit of brainstorming came the realization that the mechanical aspect should come before any décor considerations. The logic behind that is simple: it'll be much easier for the future homeowner to upgrade the kitchen floor to tile, for instance, than to increase the efficiency of say, the lighting system. So though the design may be simplistic and minimal, the real value just may hide inside the walls. Amenities included are solar thermal hot water, rainwater collection, floor heating and passive A/C to list a few.
Some quietly say this initiative has the potential to revolutionize the construction world. With 100K homes, buyers may now prefer a green home without even considering global warming or caring about being environmentally friendly. In other words, the affordability alone can steer many in the right direction to create a win-win for all and perhaps bring new awareness and inspire the homeowners to develope an matching environmentaly friendly life style as well.. So why not continue on this green, happy path? 
Now imagine what will happen if commercial developers and large government bodies capture and utilize this knowledge for future projects. Tomorrow will not only look greener, but so much brighter for all of us.          
  Read more about the 100K house and get daily blog updates at www.100khouse.com

Comments (2)

Anonymous
Chad Ludeman

Thanks for the great article Odelia! One of the best I have seen written on our project and it is immediately evident that you fully grasp what the key goals of the project are. Thanks again and keep up the great writing.

Jul 01, 2008 07:42 AM
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Anonymous
Odelia Aminov

Chad, thanks for the kind words! I'm in the process of getting my EcoBroker designation so I can appreciate your hard work and it is truly inspriring to me. The least I can do is help spread the word... By the way, I wrote another article about your project in Hebrew so I got you covered in Israel ;) 

Let me know if there's anything else I can help with!

Jul 01, 2008 01:37 PM
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