Couple makes designs for sustainable living.June 6th, 2011 at 15:25
Now here is a fun project. An Army barracks? No, a prospective home. The inspiring couple behind this idea want to make all the right housing choices to utilize green ideas and educate others on how sustainable and green one’s house can be. They have purchased a 40 foot by 80 foot Quonset Hut from SteelMasters. These can be used as airplane hangers, storage buildings, or emergency structures. They intend to live simply and comfortably in one as their home. The Quonset Hut will come to the site ready to be lifted in panels onto the foundation to form the structural shell of the house. These panels are developed from the World War II units that were used throughout the war effort and are still used today. EnergyStar has approved these structures as an exemplary building material and method. Its galvalume finished steel shell is reflective as a radiant barrier and is made of mostly recycled material that in the end can be reused or recycled again for that cradle-to-cradle effect.
The couple has come to EcoHouse to make their simple living choices as effective for being green as for sharp looking aesthetics. There are many ways to use the panels to configure a home and we will be exploring several to find that perfect site placement and solar orientation. The site is 11 acres in the Mountains of Arkansas near Russelville. They were careful to find land with good soil for landscaping and a great view from the top of a gentle ridge.
We will be busy getting the design together and exploring systems and material choices to achieve strength, tightness, health and responsible living in their new home. Look forward to design sketches.