LivingHomes, for instance, has been contracted to build 6,000-square-foot versions of Steven Glenn's "greenest house on the planet.
We're really trying to push people to build smaller homes," Schneider says.
But there's a temptation to build bigger or more elaborately.
The designs of Shaw Homes are proprietary and available to people only as fast as the private developer can build them.
Easton is the author of The Rammed Earth House, and is perhaps the country's most vocal proponent of rammed earth construction: "There's one way to build your walls, and you're standing on it," he proclaims.
Books abound on using alternative materials, but some argue that the further one gets away from standard building techniques, the more problematic it is to build and maintain an eco-home.
But because Habitat has a unique specialty in low-cost housing and has over 1,400 affiliates in 50 states (which built some 3,800 houses in 1996), the organization's work may eventually "trickle up" to other low-cost housing developments and to individuals of any income level looking to build an affordable green home.
Establish and build a construction skilled support resource pool for city-wide emergency/disaster response needs;
Develop, implement and share best practices with members of the building construction community in New York and establish opportunities for participation in Build Safe NYC;
Benchmark incident and inspection data comparison of Build Safe NYC firms.