Design Strategy: ABC Green Home 4.0

The next ABC Green Home project in the family is to be a cabin in the mountain town of Crestline, Calif. with the goal of Net-Zero, LEED, and WaterSense ratings, as well as reaching high RESNET, NGBS and Wellness Within Your Wall standards.

The ABC Green Home development team purchased the home earlier this year for the purposes of creating a high-performance, single family, smart home of 1,800 square feet on a flat, 8,500 square foot, treed lot. The original BIM Architect from the first, award-winning ABC Green Home project, Chuck Good-Man, has returned and produced the craftsman-themed architecture. Working with Robert Style of CORE Structure and consultant Engineer Ray McDonald, the three have prepared the engineering design, which includes a conditioned attic and finished basement.  


The 3-bedroom home features 2 full- and 2 half-bathrooms, a media room, plenty of storage, a 2-car garage, a mud room, and a large washer/dryer utility room. There is an upper deck off of the master bedroom and a large lower deck. The home’s energy needs will be provided by a dual-fuel source–electricity and natural gas– as well as solar power with an included battery back-up system. The home is designed as an affordable, single family unit that could be built to high standards while remaining within a modest budget.

The advanced framing system design incorporates 2” x 6” studs, 24” on-center in the walls, which allows for a larger insulation bay than is traditionally used. All ABC Green Homes use an additional 1” layer of rigid foam, sandwiched between two layers of membrane, beneath the siding. The exterior walls are 9″ thick and provide an R value in the 56R range or higher.

There is an insulated roof deck beneath the cool roof shingle tile. The efficient MEP systems are being designed by Bruce Entezam and his team at Green MEP. Hot water re-circulation is reflected in the design, along with ultra-efficient water heating and HVAC systems. The design features a large kitchen and modern, programmable appliances. The whole-home ventilation system is designed to protect indoor air quality, which is carefully designed into the home by the design team’s Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of the Wellness Within Your Walls program and President of interior design firm, DES-SYN.


The ABC Green Home team will be sharing the details of the designs of all of the systems in the home; civil, architectural, structural, MEP, and smart home technologies and interiors. We will be showcasing each of the design team participants across the U.S. homebuilding industry. Each of the manufacturers whose products are being used in the construction of the home will be promoted on this web site and within the pages of Green Home Builder, Residential Contractor, Builder and Developer magazines, and on The project’s web series videos will showcase and demonstrate construction processes, with live-feed cameras on-site supplied by e-CAM Secure.

Webcams will be streamed online via the web site. Project videos will be available on our YouTube channel and on the participating manufacturers web sites. The home is being built to a multitude of the highest standards: LEED, RESNET, the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program, Wellness Within Your Walls, Wellness With Your Kitchen, Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner program, WaterSense, and ENERGY STAR®.

The ABC Green Home project began in 2011 with the first award-winning home built at the Great park in Irvine, CA. Over 30,000 people toured the home on site and an additional 100,000 took the virtual tour, still available on this web site. Following that tradition, there will also be a virtual tour of this home, featuring links to the manufacturers’ and design teams’ web sites. The project aims to share with the U.S. homebuilding industry and the home-buying public this good example of high-performance, American home building design, technology, and construction, from design all the way through to the grand opening.

 If you are interested in learning more about the project, or participating, please contact the project developer, Publisher Nick Slevin at