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Modular Marvels

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 31, 2014 10:24:14 AM

SEATTLE-BASED GREENPOD OFFERS factory- and site-built homes that are sustainable to the last detail. The WaterHaus, a 450-square-foot model home built in Port Townsend, Washington, exemplifies what the company is trying to accomplish with its compact, flexible homes. For starters, the floors, walls and roof of the home are made with structural insulated panels (SIPs).

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Topics: SIPs, Indoor Air Quality, passive solar, modular homes, multifunctional spaces

Energy Independence

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 29, 2014 2:46:33 PM

ENERTIA BUILDING SYSTEMS offers numerous floor plans and models, with customizable interiors. What they all have in common is Enertia’s unique double-shell building system, which utilizes the heat-storing capacity of solid wood walls and the constant temperature of the soil to turn the house into a “heat pump.”
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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, Building Envelope, thermal convection

Healthy Homes, Naturally

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 27, 2014 10:54:09 AM

THE ECONEST COMPANY has innovated a unique light frame matrix that wraps timber-framed structures with one-foot-thick clay/straw walls. The company’s handcrafted heirloom homes begin with a holistic design by Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA. Her designs make efficient use of space, maximize passive solar gains and fit the unique personality of the homeowner. She and President and Co-founder Robert Laporte take pride in creating customized homes that fit the homeowners “like a glove” and have very high air quality.
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Topics: straw bale, Building Science, Resilient Housing, clay

Sustainable Building Blocks

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 24, 2014 11:35:58 AM

WHEN MR. WILSON approached Rob Smith, president of e2 Homes, about building a water-efficient, net-zero energy home with no drywall or wood on the first floor for one-third less than another builder’s bid, e2 Homes rose to the challenge. The 4,300-square-foot home incorporates Aercon aerated autoclaved concrete (AAC) blocks, which provide both structure and insulation.
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Topics: net-zero energy, 3500 to 4900 square feet, water conservation, Low-E Window glazing, rainwater harvesting, Building Science, Resilient Housing

The Log Home, Redux

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 22, 2014 2:17:00 PM

ARBORWALL BRINGS LONG-LASTING, energy-efficient log homes with a contemporary look to the custom-built home market. Based in northern Maine, the company pairs solid log construction with a state-of-the-art precision custom manufacturing process that avoids human error and saves time on the construction site.
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Topics: energy efficiency, Resilient Housing

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