Urban Green Home
Sustainable building design is often perceived as financially infeasible for many who would otherwise buy or build environmentally friendly homes. To address this problem, IIT College of Architecture Assistant Professor Eva Kultermann has collaborated with the City of Chicago and the Genesis Housing Development Corporation to design and build an affordable, sustainable urban home to serve as a prototype for green housing that will improve the quality of life in urban communities.
Designed and built by students in 2006–07, the Urban Green Home project integrates sustainable design, social responsiveness, and design excellence in an affordable way. At 1,800 square feet, the home features three bedrooms. With thermal rock storage, an expansive southern atrium serving as a solar chimney, reclaimed wood flooring, and porous paving to replenish groundwater, the Urban Green Home shows that affordable, sustainable urban homebuilding is possible today.