Eco-friendly home in Minneapolis: Urban Green

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Urban Green is a modern single family residence that has been designed by SALA Architects in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This LEED for Homes, 2,250 square foot, three bedroom house with detached garage is nestled into a 42-foot by 128-foot infill lot in the Linden Hills neighborhood. It features an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary elements that weave it into the existing neighborhood fabric while at the same time addressing the client’s desire for a more modern plan and sustainable living.

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Passive solar heating and daylighting, natural ventilation due to the narrow building profile and open plan, high-efficiency appliances, high-efficiency dual-stage furnace, dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, bamboo floors, composite fiber-cement siding, shell durability walk-through, blower door-performance testing.

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Photos: Troy Thies


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It´s architectural, neat, programmed and very 20-21st century, but when did humans lose the sense of creative beauty in home design? This modern, structured, utilittarian soul-less, beigy woody neatness isn´t at all elegant or art-friendly. I hate the modern need to intrude the kitchen and its utensiiity into the living room, which should exude elegance blended with comfort. I believe the modern tendency to have the kitchen push its utilitarian nose into the living room is horrific. It smacks of a trend created by the architects´ and builders´ who cheat their clients by pocketing the same fee while imposing tuilitarian… Read more »
Bob Beer

Call me old fashioned but I like walls. Huge open spaces are great for hotel lobbies but just as in gardens, in a home I want a sense of enclosure, some closer spaces among all the openness. Also I wonder about the sustainability of heating such a huge space, especially when there is no barrier between the floors. I typically heat the room/rooms that I’m regularly spending time in and don’t see how waste equals ecofriendliness.