RMCAD Interior Design students to build competition winning LEED Platinum home for Habitat for Humanity
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design students from the Interior Design Sustainable Design Area of Specialization program are contributing to all phases of the construction of the AIA Design Competition House, for the Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity office in Evergreen, CO.
Ten students and two ID professors are working on this special project with EverbuildPRO, a non-profit organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity. EverbuildPRO provides sustainable building education and experience programs enabling students and professionals to gain experience in the design and construction of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified project while providing Habitat for Humanity the means to build LEED certified homes.
Becoming a LEED Accredited Professional is a coveted certification in the building and design industries. The Interior Design program at RMCAD works closely with EverbuildPRO, to include this hands on experience as a permanent part of the program’s curriculum. Completion of this educational based project provides RMCAD Interior Design students with important qualifications necessary to take LEED accreditation exams.
The project, named Flex-Plex, is a high-performance home with a super insulated envelope designed to meet the specific site requirements of Kitteridge, Colorado, in the foothills West of Denver. High performance homes are, compared to conventionally built homes, thermally more comfortable, provide healthier indoor air quality, longer durability and lower energy bills. Super insulated envelopes refer to the structure’s exterior walls which are constructed with a greater than average amount of thermal insulation.
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