The current issue of Fine Homebuilding (June/July) features an article on their new venture, "ProHOME", a teaching effort to demonstrate best practices that the magazine promotes. Reading the article, I was struck by the parallels with our own venture. Specifically:
- The house is "modestly sized, energy smart, healthy, flexible, and durable".
- Timeless appeal, inspired by farmhouses, with an energy-capturing shape.
- "Aging-in-place flexibility of the floor plan, which allows for converting the first-floor flex room into a master bedroom".
- "Air-sealing, insulation, and resilience" are baked into the design and detailing.
A major differentiator, however, is that while the Fine Homebuilding team isn't "looking to spend any money certifying the house under any particular green-building program", we will be seeking both GreenStar and LEED certifications.