Small LEED House

Small LEED House

Where would Henry David Thoreau live in the 21st century?

Our 280 square-foot sustainable home is the place. First of its kind in our country that meets the requirements to certify North Carolina Healthy Built, Energy Star and LEED for Homes. There is so much here in a small package that we would need to write a book to boast about it. Stop by and feel the essence of creativity and quality.

This home will soon be sold publicly.

LEED House built through the Construction Management programTruly Unique

Students in A-B Tech’s Construction Management and Sustainability Technologies programs have built a 280 square-foot, LEED home with the design of practicality. Every detail supports a sustainable lifestyle including the following features in the open house plan:

  • Energy tax credits
  • Passive Solar design
  • Renewable energy
  • Recycled local materials
  • Expandable Structure
  • Modular construction
  • Small carbon footprint
  • Rainwater retention roof
  • All certifications provided

Students inspecting a concrete countertopStudent Constructed

Post and beam with advancing framing infill allows for easy modifications by the owner. The design utilizes recycled materials in a method that reinforces the openness and flexibility of the house. Throughout the house, student craftsmanship is visible in the birch cabinets, concrete countertops, tongue and groove ceiling and 20” wide pine plank flooring.

The passive solar design is supplemented by a mini-split heating and cooling unit on days when sun is not available. The thermal envelope of the home is high performance to increase energy efficiency.

This home can fit on any site and because it is less then 500 square-foot, it is considered an ancillary structure allowing it to share a lot with another residence.


We are grateful for our corporate sponsors:

  • The Global Institute for Sustainability Technologies
  • Pella Window and Door Corporation
  • Progress Energy
  • CC Flooring, Inc.
  • Hand Made in America

Student working inside the small LEED houseIndividual material donators include:

  • Matthew Lund
  • Amy Musser
  • Kenneth Cooper
  • Heath Moody
  • Donna Duffy
  • Adam Jobe

For inquiries and details, contact:
Heath Moody, Dept. Chair of the Construction Sciences programs
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