Green Builder Media Logo

WINNER, "BEST WEBSITE," 2015 and 2016 (NAREE)


Juliet Grable

Find me on:

Recent Posts

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
Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Is Greywater Reuse Legal?

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 29, 2014 4:19:50 PM

GREYWATER IS WATER from sinks, showers and washing machines, that can be captured and reused for irrigation. Greywater systems can potentially save up to 80 percent of household for reuse.

Read More

Tankless Water Heaters: Starting at the Source

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 29, 2014 4:13:34 PM

HEATING WATER ACCOUNTS for 15 percent of a home’s energy budget, and half of that is used in bathrooms. You can maximize water and energy savings in the bath by choosing the most efficient way to heat water. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand (via a heat exchanger heated by gas, propane or electricity) rather than maintaining the temperature of a given volume of water. These units offer several advantages over conventional storage water heaters. Because energy is only used to heat water when it’s needed, tankless units are more energy efficient and can produce “endless” amounts of hot water. According to Energy Star, high-efficiency tankless water heaters can save between 45 and 60 percent more energy. They also last up to twice as long as conventional tank heaters and take up less space. Parts are modular and can be replaced easily, and many tankless units are made of recycled components that are themselves recyclable. And you don’t have to worry about the unit rupturing and releasing 50-plus gallons of water into the mechanical room—and beyond. On the downside, tankless units cost more up-front, and do require more mindfulness when using several fixtures or appliances that require hot water at the same time. However, most manufacturers offer models tailored for various household sizes and hot water demand.

All tankless units are not created equal, either. While non-condensing tankless units are highly efficient and most are Energy Star rated, some companies, including Noritz, Rinnai, Rheem and Bosch, make condensing-type units, which extract the heat from exhaust gases. These units achieve ultra-high efficiencies of 90 percent or more.

Read More

Multi-Family Passive House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 9, 2014 3:29:36 PM

AMID THE RECENT FLURRY of multi-family projects in Portland, Oregon, the Kiln Apartments building stands out: it’s aiming to be one of the first Passive House multi-family buildings in the country. In this case, the development’s owner drove the energy efficiency agenda.
Read More

Multi-Family Project at Avalon West Hollywood

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jun 30, 2014 3:38:46 PM

At 122 dwelling units per acre, Avalon West Hollywood qualifies for Very High Density for Mid-Rise LEED credits. A narrow greenbelt at the low end of the site will help manage stormwater.

Read More
facebook twitter youtube linkedin pinterest google
Download Chapter 4 of Green Home Building
Beam giveaway
Connect with Uponor
Here Comes Sunshine - download the free Ebook

Add a comment...