@WJMArchitect Recognized for Green Architecture and Design

William Martin of Westwood received an award for his work on a Hillsdale home for a wounded soldier.

By Michelle Sartor

Westwood resident William Martin, who has been working as an independent architect since 1991, recently won an award for a sustainable home design he created for a wounded soldier.

The American Institute of Architects New Jersey Committee on the Environment (COTE) held its first competition this year to reward architects for outstanding sustainable designs. Martin submitted his project in the residential category and was named the winner in the COTE Top 10 Awards.

The design is for a home in Hillsdale that Martin did in conjunction with Homes For Our Troops. Wounded Iraq War Marine Corp. Cpl. Visnu Gonzalez lives in the home with his mother, Maria.

The home, which was constructed in 2009, has several green elements. It is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certified and is partially self-sustaining by creating its own renewable energy. The house has solar panels, geothermal heating and air conditioning, LED lighting and a mechanism for rain water capture and re-use.

Martin appeared on NBC News with Brian Williams for his efforts on the home. Click here to see the segment.

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5 Comments on “@WJMArchitect Recognized for Green Architecture and Design”

  1. I have some of the greatest friends- I’m sorry that he was wounded but I’m glad he’s not on the list of “OTHER” names. Way to go William! I’m honored to know both you and Frank


  2. fc3arch says:

    Billy & Willy, two special friends always caring for others. Thanks!


  3. cath says:

    Congratulations to William! This is a win-win-win situation for William, the Gonzalez family, and the environment! It is always heart warming to see a story such as this one.

    Thanks for a wonderful post!


  4. fc3arch says:

    Special thanks to Michelle Sartor for allowing us to reprint the story!


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