NAHB Best In American Living - Winter 2018 - v2 - 9
Above, the Swiss Team's NeighborHub included a
sub-floor aquaponics system that supported a living green
wall. Top right, visitors learn about sustainable materials
used in Enable, the entry from Northwestern University.
Right, every aspect of the Sinatra Living home's design
and construction is detailed for visitors to the house.
building, looking at the intersection of
the need for more shared space and
various uses within living space. It was
a bit risky to build a space to serve a
community rather than a single home,
but the Swiss team saw it as the way to
innovatively look to the future, earning
them the top spot.
The design integrated aquaponics,
a green roof, clothes drying lines,
composting toilets, and space to work
on a bike, as well as other interesting
features. Each side of the large glass
box-like home opened, allowing for great
cross ventilation and comfort.
The People's Choice award, determined
by individuals who visited the competition in person or online, went to the
Netherlands team. The Student's Choice
award, voted on by the large number of
middle school students who attended,
was awarded to Northwestern University.
After the competition, some of the
houses were purchased by private
companies/owners or used for educational purposes on school campuses.
Some were even sold as new homes.
These teams pulled out all the stops,
sparing no expense, while providing
a completely solar-powered product.
Be on the lookout; some of these innovations could be the next big thing in
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Megan Alise Carroll is Program Manager,
Sustainability & Green Building, at the
National Association of Home Builders.
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