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A new prototypical house design based upon identified Habitat for Humanity considerations and the AIA Committee On The Environment green design principles. After the competition, the intent is to develop construction documents and build each of the winning designs. Habitat homes are built by volunteers (essentially unskilled labor), and thus the construction documents should be considerably more extensive than typical drawing submissions. The construction drawings must be thorough, fully detailed, and able to receive municipal approval with little to no additional effort required by Habitat for Humanity.
Designs should be region-specific but not site-specific. Priority will be given to flexible designs that are applicable to various site conditions such as lot sizes, topography, orientation, etc.
The home shall be judged on its integration of environmental strategies concerning their impact on the site, water efficiency, energy use, material use, and indoor environmental quality. More specifically in regards to energy use, the minimum energy performance level of the home shall meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge 2010 target of 52 on the HERS index.
entries are expected to address specific issues as it relates to the following:
Affordability – The home shall be affordable to build and maintain.
Context – The design shall reflect the social and economic character of the communities in which the home will be built.
Energy Efficiency – The minimum performance level of the home shall meet the Architecture 2030 Challenges 2010 target of 52 on the HERS index.
Occupant Health – VOC and other know harmful products are to be avoided in the home.
Sustainability – The design shall consider the home’s impact on the immediate and surrounding environment by taking into consideration the use of resource efficient building materials, and resource conserving features.