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U of M Group Will Break Ground for "Sustainable Design" House June 12
For release: May 30, 2007
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The Center for Sustainable Design at the University of Memphis will break ground on a sustainable design demonstration house in Memphis’ Uptown neighborhood on Tuesday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. The site is at the northeast corner of North Main and Greenlaw.

The two-story, 1,700-square-foot 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 house will also reflect adherence to Memphis Light Gas and Water Division’s EcoBUILD program and to the American Lung Association’s Health House standards.

Jim Lutz, project director and professor of architecture at the U of M, said that although the house is relatively small, the implications of its design and construction are huge.  “Architects and designers must be prepared to address the challenges of building in a time of growing demand and diminishing resources,” Lutz said.  “They must develop and built high-performance, environmentally responsible buildings.  This home embodies those precepts.”

Following completion of the project, the home’s 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.

The home’s construction will feature energy efficient and environmentally responsible techniques, materials, appliances and fixtures.  The yard will feature plants indigenous to the Mid-South, eliminating the need for irrigation.

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

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