Perkins Eastman, Habitat for Humanity collaborate on new prototype house

International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman announced the winners of its in-house design competition to create a new prototype for sustainable future housing for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh (HFHGP) yesterday from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The competition, open to the firm’s 900 employees across its 14 global offices, was judged by a jury of nine design and construction professionals and local Pittsburgh stakeholders.

HFHGP sought a prototypical house design to showcase sustainable solutions for issues such as water and energy efficiency, conservation of materials and carbon footprint reduction, looking “to Perkins Eastman for outside-the-box ideas and sustainable design expertise.”

"We are grateful to Perkins Eastman … and to the community members and other organizations who are represented on our sustainable construction committee," HFHGP Executive Director Maggie Withrow said. "We cannot thank them enough for working so hard to make this green building project possible. Once constructed, this decent, affordable home will go to a qualified Habitat program family.”

The partnership with HFHGP represents Perkins Eastman’s ninth in-house design competition.

“Perkins Eastman is very excited to help vision a next generation of Habitat houses," Alan Schlossberg, AIA, LEED AP, said. "Through our in-house design competition program, we are able to … help struggling families in our region -- to help HFHGP achieve their vision of ‘a decent place to live’ for everyone in our community.”

Submissions were subject to program requirements and constraints, including spaces standard to Habitat houses, and were judged according to how well they met the needs of the homeowner, use of sustainable materials and methods, adherence to HFH’s model of volunteer-based construction, cost efficiency and contextual design.

The house will be constructed on an empty lot owned by HFHGP in the City of McKeesport.