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U of M Students Will Present Design for "Green" House Dec. 14
For release: Dec. 8, 2006
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Students from the University of Memphis’ Center for Sustainable Design will present their design for a “green architecture” demonstration house December 14 at 3 p.m. in the FedEx Institute of Technology.  Eight students will present the design at the event: six from the University’s architecture program and two from interior design. Photography and graphic design students also are participating in the project.

Construction of the environmentally sustainable house is scheduled to begin in mid-2007. The “green home” will be located at the corner of North Main and Greenlaw in the Uptown neighborhood. The two-story, 1,700 sq. ft. home will be one of the first in the region built to conform to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED guidelines for homes.             The team also will participate in Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division’s EcoBUILD program and will adhere to the American Lung Association’s Health House standards.

“While the size of this project is relatively small, its implications are huge,” said Jim Lutz, project director and assistant professor of architecture at the U of M. “As designers, we must be prepared to address the challenges of building in a time of growing demand and diminishing resources.  The paradigm for architects and interior designers in the 21st century has changed in response to the need to develop high-performance, environmentally responsible buildings. This modest home embodies that idea.”

During the first months after construction is completed, the garage will function as a temporary classroom for seminars that will be offered to design and construction professionals as well as members of the public who are interested in learning more about the principles of sustainable design.

Energy efficient and environmentally responsible construction techniques, materials, appliances, and fixtures will be used throughout the home. The yard will feature plants indigenous to this area, eliminating the need for irrigation.

For more information, contact Lutz at 901-678-5669 or jlutz@memphis.edu

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