The project called for several partners to take on the various roles. First, the design elements and essentials needed to be determined and it did not take long before we were having lunch with noted architect Manny Gonzalez, AIA LEED AP, principal at Los Angeles-based KTGY Group Inc., about how this idea could become a reality. The design of the ABC Green Home was crafted to be easily built by a homebuilder as a stand-alone custom or within a subdivision of single-family homes on any lot in the country. The affordable home holds an all-inclusive price of $300,000 as a one-story floor plan with less than 1,700 square feet and will feature universal design principles, making it suitable for a wide cross-section of homebuyers.
Meet the Design Team
Manny Gonzalez is the senior partner with KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning and has over 25 years of experience in producing mixed-use, residential, and retail developments in the western United States. Manny also serves the NAHB Multifamily Leadership Board and the Editorial Advisory Board of 50+ Builder.
Green Homebuilder magazine is a national homebuilding trade magazine,with a focus on third-party certified housing and energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building practices. Readers include top industry executives; company presidents and CEOs; sales and marketing teams; architects, remodelers, contractors, and engineers; and suppliers, manufacturers and distributors.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put love and faith into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Bekam received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from California State University Long Beach and is a registered Professional Engineer in Civil and/or Structural Engineering in 25 states. In practice with Gouvis Engineering since 1982, Saeed has been a pioneer in bringing innovative ideas not only to Gouvis Engineering but to the field of structural engineering as well.