In the words of one of my favorite bands, Dubtribe, “Carbon monoxide, acid rain, such greed and selfishness destroy our precious skies, our mother earth. I want my planet back. This planet is mine. This planet is ours. We’ve got to work together.” Today is blog action day for the environment. Having grown up fishing and surfing in Florida, I have a deep appreciation for the environment and its conservation. So I must put up one hell of a post for this day.
I’m proud to announce that the 2008 Green Builder Vision House will be built and showcased in SW Orlando, my favorite place on the planet. The SW Orlando Green Builder Vision House will be built on a gated waterfront site somewhere along the shores of Lake Apopka and unveiled during the International Builder’s Show on February 13, 2008. It is ironic that they build this home on a polluted lake. On the other hand, there are great initiatives to clean up this lake and its in keeping with the theme of bettering the environment.
Homes in the series are built to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable design, construction, and product selection. Designs that work in one climate may be inappropriate for another. So the purpose of the series is to showcase a range of styles, technologies, and products that will work in different regions.
This Green Vision Home will be a 4,900 square foot high end custom home to be built by Westmont Homes to demonstrate that green homes can be glamorous and durable enough to withstand the rigors of being in an active hurricane zone. Water conservation will be one of the key factors in the design since the booming population in Central Florida has created concerns with the aquifer.
The primary source of drinking water for Florida comes from the aquifer and it has been a concern for quite some time. A wonderful explanation of the process of replenishment for the aquifer entitled “Journey of Water“ can be found at the Florida Department of Environmen site. I also found a great post “Protecting the Florida Aquifer” on the Green Homes blog.
Other design features include: structurally insulated panels, non-vented semi conditioned attic space, minimal number of windows facing east or west, optimized air conditioning system with dehumidifiers, storm water run off management, low-e double pane windows, maximum use of recycled materials, innovative foundation and house wrap materials, and an interior design that promotes healthy living.
The Vision Homes Series demonstrates how to be more in harmony with the environment. This planet ours. We’ve got to work together.