This blog began as a simple record of one team’s attempt to build a LEED Platinum home for $100,000 in hard construction costs. It followed the design process, the budget questions, the nagging doubts, the unreasonable confidence and eventually the construction. Through this process it grew into something greater than a single project. It became a conversation about the way we build and the way we live.
Every blog starts as a sort of internal monologue made public. The process of writing the first posts is akin to talking to oneself on a crowded street. Yet, despite our obvious craziness, we have been fortunate enough to attract a collection of insightful readers who expand on our ideas, returning them to us more complete than we first conceived them. We don’t know why they decided to listen to our ramblings in the first place, but we are very grateful for their contributions to this blog.
We will continue to cover our projects and those that inspire us. In the process we hope to discuss the reasons behind the way we choose to live and how the conditions of our world are forcing us to question those choices. We hope, with your help, to continue to refine our concept of responsible development and efficient building. We hope to open up the consequences of our consumption, challenge the blind adherence to the past and find new and better ways to live and work. We also plan to have a bit of fun and would love to have you join us for that as well.
Get on board. Subscribe to our feed via RSS or Email. Read the blog and please comment freely. Otherwise, we are back to being those crazy guys on the street shouting a conversation without the cell phone earpiece sign of sanity.
The majority of the posts on this blog are written by either Chad Ludeman or Nic Darling. We both have fantasies involving smart and engaging guest writers or perhaps linguistically gifted interns, but so far none of these magical creatures have consistently materialized. If they do, you can be sure we will add them to our writerly ranks. For now, you’re stuck with us.
Chad is the President of Postgreen, a real estate development company focusing on modern and “green” development in Philadelphia’s urban neighborhoods.
Chad’s background is in Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering which is why he likes to research and write about geeky green building topics so much. He also loves modern architecture and entrepreneurship, which is why Postgreen and this blog exist. Chad is devoted to proving that green and modern architecture can be affordable for the average working stiff or will at least die trying.
Nic Darling is the “Marketing and PR Guy” for Postgreen though he occasionally claims other job titles such as “Minister of Information” or “Poet in Residence”. He has a tendency toward long-winded philosophical rambling and opinionated diatribes, but he tries to only use those powers for good.
The 100k House concept particularly appeals to Nic in its role as an essay on our lifestyle and habits of consumption, topics that have fascinated him long before he began working with Postgreen. His blog posts tend to reflect those interests.
Courtney Ludeman is the Chief Financial Officer at Postgreen and is known affectionately as “The Money.” She has a strong finance background including a number of years working on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange handling larger amounts of money than most of us can wrap our heads around. From there she moved into Real Estate sales and developed one of the top teams in the city with her partner Tim Stokes.
Her expertise in both real estate and finance has been a key part of why we are still around. We hope, with a minimum of arm twisting, to convince her to share some of that expertise with our readers. She is a good but reluctant writer.
Image Credits – John Rozier