Homes Across America (HAA) will consider homes or home renovations completed during or after the year 2000 that showcase resource efficient technologies. Each home profile must describe resource efficient technologies in at least two of the seven categories (minimally, "site and design" and "energy efficiency") listed below:
Click on an icon above or go to the Terms Definitions page for a description of these categories and the technologies they feature. A profile must describe a minimum of 15 features in a combination of at least two categories, and at least one "Innovation" (a customized solution for the home). An innovation can be a technique, partnership, or application used to provide a creative solution to a problem posed by the site and/or goals of the project. It can not be an off-the-shelf product unless used in a unique way. HAA strives to draw connections to the climatic, cultural and/or financial aspects of using an innovative approach.
Homes Across America will select profiles based on how features address unique climate and site considerations and evidence of resources conservation. For homes that are selected, a contact person must be available with whom HAA staff can finalize the profile. Locale-specific climate information will be added by HAA staff, using government weather sources.
Homes and their surroundings operate as a system with all components (products, location, orientation, equipment, etc.) functioning as one. When each component interacts efficiently with the others, the home has achieved an integrated design. An integrated design brings together the client, the design team, and the construction team to optimize resource efficiency and environmental performance starting from design, during construction and through to the end of the home's useful life.
HOMES ACROSS AMERICA
Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
Montana State University, PO Box 173580
Bozeman, MT 59717
Questions: call 406-994-3451