green|spaces NextGen Design Competition
green|spaces chattanooga has started their NextGen Houses Design Competition. The competition will look for the designs that produce as much energy as they consume, protect and promote the health of their occupants, and maximize water, material, and cost efficiency. The chosen design will be built in Chattanooga.
Design teams must include an architect, an engineer, and an architect who practice, teach, or build within a 200 mile radius of the build site.
The design must include a minimum of four single-family detached houses shall be located on the site which,subject to regulatory approval, will be re-plated according to the winning design for fee-simple sale. Each unit should have a minimum of three bedrooms and two full bathrooms with a maximum of 2000 GSF.
You produce as much energy as you consume; development must be net-zero.
Incorporate elements to promote health.
Reduce and reuse water.
Consider lifecycle impacts of building construction.
The maximum budget for hard construction costs shall be $140/SF including contractor fees, site development and renewable energy and excluding land purchase, design fees, and rating system costs.
Registration Closes: July 7, 2014 5:00PM
Entry Deadline: August 16, 2014
See the full rules on their website: http://www.greenspaceschattanooga.com/nextgen
TVA GPP Still Open & REAP Grants Due in May
As of mid-March, TVA's Green Power Providers program still has approximately 1 Megawatt of capacity open for residential applicants interested in generating their own renewable energy. The program provides a $1000 rebate for renewable energy projects and a 20-year contract with TVA. Learn more about the GPP program here, contact us or visit TVA's program site. There's still time left to apply-- TVA is accepting applications from residential applicatants on a first-come, first-served basis!
For rural and/or small agricultural businesses, the USDA Rural Energy for America Program is accepting grant applications until July 7, 2014. USDA REAP grants can cover up to 25% of renewable energy or energy efficiency projects for businesses. Learn more about the REAP grants here and check out some REAP workshops we are doing across TN here. If you are interested in applying for the USDA REAP grant with the help of ARiES Energy, please fill out this free form. A second round of USDA REAP funding will be considered in October 2014. Unsuccessful summer proposals may be rolled over for consideration in this fall.