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The Flex House: Multi-Faceted Adaptability

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 24, 2017 2:41:08 PM

Shelter Dynamics and Green Builder® Media demonstrate right-sized living with this net-zero energy modular demonstration home.

Last year, Green Builder Media and Shelter Dynamics introduced The Arc House, a small-footprint, resilient demonstration home that showcased the convergence of intelligent, connected and solar technologies. Jim Gregory, founder of Shelter Dynamics and creator of The Arc House, called his prototype “a demonstration of a direction” in sustainable housing. This year, the two partners are expanding on that direction with the debut of The Flex House.

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Smart Plus Solar Equals Total Control

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jan 17, 2017 3:41:13 PM

The Arc House demonstrates ways to integrate renewable energy with connected technology.

SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY and solar technology provide complementary benefits: reduced energy use, improved efficiency, and greater comfort and control by homeowners. The Arc House demonstrates how these technologies can fully integrate to create an intelligent, efficient home—one that automatically adjusts to optimize energy use and comfort, and provides feedback to occupants that encourages them to change their behavior. 

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The Arc House: A Resilient Prototype

Posted by Juliet Grable

Dec 2, 2016 6:06:46 PM

From urban-infill residence to off-the-grid retreat, The Arc House is at home anywhere.

JIM GREGORY, FOUNDER of Shelter Dynamics, likes to call The Arc House a “demonstration of a direction” in housing. Its small footprint, independence from the grid and versatile design make it an ideal solution for urban, suburban and rural settings. The Arc House can serve as a primary residence for a single person or a couple, or it can be used as a retreat, vacation home or “mother-in-law” unit. Clusters of Arc Houses can create small communities, based on the cooperative housing model, in which each household enjoys private space but also shares common areas such as courtyards and gardens.

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Cooking with Glass at the Arc House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Nov 4, 2016 9:20:12 AM

Efficient, flexible, and powerful, Miele’s induction cooktops show why the technology is a popular choice for today’s green homes.

Miele’s ceramic glass induction cooktops are available with a stainless steel frame, or they can be flush-mounted for seamless integration into the countertop.

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The Anatomy of Zero Energy in the Arc House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 27, 2016 8:45:36 PM

Net-Zero Energy Features

  • Super-Insulated Shell
  • Advanced Windows
  • Efficient HVAC and Appliances
  • Integrated Solar with Battery Storage
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Energy Use Feedback
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The Arc House: The Case for Compact, Alternative Housing

Posted by Juliet Grable

Aug 10, 2016 5:44:57 PM

New concepts such as the 400-sq.-ft. Arc House demonstrate a viable option for moving renters into starter homes.

Today, more than ever, we need housing solutions that respond to changing demographics and economic realities, while at the same time reducing the environmental footprint of the housing industry. With The Arc House, Shelter Dynamics and Green Builder® Media are demonstrating the possibilities of future housing and steering the market on a more sustainable course.

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Introducing The Arc House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 25, 2016 7:37:40 PM

Living large in 432 square feet of master-crafted comfort.

GREEN BUILDER MEDIA and Shelter Dynamics have teamed up to introduce the Arc House, the latest in Green Builder Media’s forward-thinking VISION House series. This innovative “tiny home” integrates many facets of sustainability into one compelling, compact package, taking the concept to the next level with its unique form, craftsmanship and functionality.

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Sustainable Landscaping in the Suburbs

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 14, 2016 7:27:31 PM

An inspiring project outside of Portland, Oregon, illustrates the potential for transforming suburban lawns into biodiverse sustainable landscapes.

Stone and vegetation work together to create a landscape that is both stimulating and calm. Over 1,000 plants were planted to replace lawn areas.

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Landscaping with Trees

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 27, 2015 2:55:15 PM

Trees are a site’s biggest asset. These guidelines will help you protect and manage them through a construction project and beyond.

ASIDE FROM ADDING beauty to landscapes, trees perform several vital functions. They help stabilize soils, absorb rainwater and reduce the velocity and volume of rainwater hitting concrete and other impervious surfaces. They provide shade, especially on south and west façades; in the dry climate of the Southwest, for example, a shade tree can lower temperatures by up to 20 degrees. Trees also block wind, especially when planted near north façades. And they capture and store carbon.

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Managing Stormwater

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 16, 2015 1:00:48 PM

These eco-sensitive strategies help keep pollutants out of streams and lakes, replenish groundwater and green the built environment.

NATURAL LANDSCAPES naturally slow the movement of stormwater, and capture and filter some of it as it percolates back into the groundwater supply. But the built environment is dominated by impervious surfaces. Paved surfaces, roofs and building façades change the movement of water over the landscape and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff. Rushing stormwater picks up pollutants, fertilizers and pesticides and can also cause flooding and erosion.

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Graywater Reuse

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 12, 2015 7:14:00 PM

Now that codes are finally getting friendlier, it’s time to start incorporating graywater recycling into landscape plans.

GRAYWATER IS USED household water that has not come into contact with toilet wastewater. It represents two-thirds of a typical household’s indoor water budget. Reusing graywater to irrigate landscaping keeps it onsite and conserves potable water, easing the burden on both water treatment and wastewater treatment plants. Unfortunately, state regulations have made legal use of graywater difficult, if not impossible—although that is changing.

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Water Conservation: Putting It All Together

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 10, 2015 11:14:29 AM

The water crisis will prompt us not only to rethink our approach to landscaping, but how we treat, use and recycle water inside our homes.

States that already experience high per capita water use will feel the crunch as their populations grow.

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Water Conservation by Stormwater Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 8, 2014 3:18:51 PM

We've let our stormwater get away from us. These water conservation practices can help clean it up and encourage it to stick around.

STORMWATER RUNOFF is rain or snowmelt that flows over the land without percolating into the soil. Stormwater occurs naturally, especially during large rain events, but nature’s sponge—the water-absorbing cover of trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging our planet—usually takes care of the rest. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our world into a hard place. Paved sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, concrete curbs, streets, driveways, roofs and building facades—all of these impervious surfaces change the natural movement of water over the landscape, and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff.

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