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Toledo Project wins EPA Award for Affordable, Energy Efficient Homes Built for Less Than $100 Per Square Foot

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 7, 2015 2:44:46 PM

AWARDED THE 2015 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing, the non-profit NeighborWorks Toledo Region project included 40 Homes, with HERS ratings in the 40-50 range.

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A Green Multi-Family Community in Carson, California

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 10, 2014 10:13:44 AM

ARBOR GREEN IS ABOUT more than energy-efficient, affordable apartments, though the project certainly has those bases covered.

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The Energy-Efficient Home

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jun 11, 2014 2:48:00 PM

Chicago-based Elevate Energy’s The Value for High Performance Homes Campaign is removing barriers toward the fair value of energy-efficient homes through a variety of programs. Their motto is “To do more with less energy.”

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Tiny Houses Trend

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 6, 2014 12:53:00 PM

May 1st, CBS This Morning reported on what it called Hobbit-sized homes starting at $25,000. Throughout the feature, "Inside the Tiny House Movement; How One Woman Downsized her Life to Just 84 Square Feet," interviewees compared these small dwellings to treehouses and playhouses and childhood forts where imagination often triumphs over stuff.

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Mountain View Studios Provide Affordable Homes

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Apr 15, 2014 1:12:00 PM

The city of Mountain View, Calif., in conjunction with ROEM Construction and Eden Housing broke ground for the 819 North Rengstorff Avenue Apartments—49 affordable studio apartments.

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Moratorium on Excess?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 20, 2013 9:17:00 AM

WHILE IT SEEMS that Americans have become more fiscally aware since the recession, we certainly can’t be accused of embracing a culture of frugality. Our excesses are well known by societies across the planet, idealized and emulated by some, hatefully condemned by others.

One consequence of our throwaway economy is a gargantuan amount of trash. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each person in the U.S. generates a daily average of 4.5 pounds of municipal solid waste—a collective total of approximately 1.35 billion pounds every day, or over 250 billion tons per year. It’s estimated that Americans spend $100 per ton to dispose of this waste, or over $250 billion per year.

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Affordable and Certifiable

Posted by Laureen Blissard

Apr 30, 2013 2:48:00 PM

The intent of creating EGC was to provide a clear, cost-effective framework for all affordable housing development types anywhere in the country. An organization called Enterprise Community Partners (www.enterprisecommunity.com) headed up the effort, with a team comprised of many different stakeholders within the sustainable community. Some of the program criteria were actually based on portions of LEED for Neighborhood Development, LEED for Homes and Energy Star. The development types that could be considered include new construction and rehabilitation of multi-family projects, as well as single-family homes.

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