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Green Per Diem: mkHearth

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Introducing the mkHearth, the latest from green architect guru Michelle Kaufmann

This house would be much too big for Me+Mr. SensibleKitty +2cats. BUT – the open loft design of the third floor would make a most excellent library. Also, the fireplace would be nice. Still, I think we’ll be living in an apartment for a good long while. Which may turn out to be more sustainable than building something new. However, if I had this on a nice piece of land with a little organic garden… you wouldn’t hear me complain.

After all it does have:

Smart Design: Designed for urban or rural settings in all climates, the home includes strategically placed windows, glass doors, and sliding wooden sunshades to maximize daylight and breezes and minimize heat gain. The central hearth and ample outdoor living areas give the home an expansive feeling despite its responsibly-sized footprint.

Eco Materials: Renewable and recyclable materials are used through out the home, including FSC-certified woods for cabinetry and flooring.

Energy Efficiency: All heating, cooling, and lighting systems are highly efficient and reduce resource consumption. Solar roof options are also available.

Water Conservation: The home includes water-conserving fixtures as well as a rainwater catchment system that minimizes the need to use fresh, potable water for landscape irrigation.

Healthy Environment: Holistically designed for healthy living, the mkHearth uses non-off-gassing materials and paints, air filtration systems, and high-performance insulation.

This is currently competing with the Solaleya for my home heart.


Written by sensiblekitty

October 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

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  1. I just discovered your blog from Andrew. Awesome informative stuff. What fun reading. Cheers. And by the way I would love to live in a home like this. Pretty cool.


    November 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm

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