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Subtle Masterpiece

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 1, 2013 5:18:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards 
Grand Overall Winner - Santa Ynez, Calif.

This home's smart, low-tech approach to efficiency took home the gold.

SIMPLICITY WON OVER the judges to make Dreamtime Farm, Santa Ynez, Calif., this year’s Grand Overall  Green Home of the Year Award Winner. Architect and judge Hank Krzysik called the home “simple, clean, energy-efficient.” Builder and judge Michael Ginsburg said the home was “simple, straightforward and understandable.” Judge and energy expert Robert Bulechek lauded its features: “net-zero, graywater with solar hydronic.”

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Topics: net-zero energy, California, bathroom, 1600 to 2500 square feet, Green Landscaping, kitchen, passive solar, solar hot water, straw bale, outdoor living, Chain of Custody Certification, EPA Burn Wise, natural ventilation, natural daylighting, AquaPEX, FSC Certified Lumber, LED Lighting, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Recycled Products

Natural Synergy

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 1, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Green Home of the Year Awards 2013
Best Exterior Integration - Sonoma, Calif.

This LEED platinum house boasts roof gardens and thoughtful landscaping.

FARM HOUSE VERNACULAR and chicken coops were the design inspiration for the 3,960-square-foot, two-story home. Covered walkways, gardens and a pool link the simple gabled structures into a family compound.

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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, graywater, California, Green Landscaping, LEED, 1500 square feet or less, solar hot water, straw bale, Low Flow Faucets, natural daylighting, green roof, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, rainwater harvesting

Cove Community

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Sep 1, 2012 9:45:00 AM

Seabourn Cove, the largest green multifamily community in the country, doesn’t have a decorated model open, yet rentals are being snapped up as quickly as each new building opens its doors. Nearly 50% of the projected 456-townhome community in Boynton Beach, Fla., is leased out, primarily, says the development team, because of its energy- and money-saving green features.

“Today, to hit the market, you have to look at the end user,” says Rick Lococo, managing partner of Seabourn Cove. “We have people waiting in lines. The velocity is fantastic. These people can all buy homes, but they want to live in high-end units. They are educated and prefer energy efficiency and are concerned about the environment.”

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Topics: Energy Star, water saving, Community Rebuilding, Florida

Texas Off-Grid House Requires no Air Conditioning

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 27, 2012 9:18:00 AM

Photography by Jud Haggard Photography

It’s not the usual request you’d get from a home buyer: “Design me a building that doesn’t use the grid for power, water, or wastewater handling.” But that’s just what Teresa Fransik of Sierra was tasked with when she agreed to work with a couple who didn’t want to see an electric pole for as far as the eye could see.

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Topics: PV, 1600 to 2500 square feet, ICFs, rainwater harvesting, Texas, offgrid

Retrofit Living Lab: An Experiment in Net-Zero

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Nov 24, 2010 3:16:00 PM

Put an energy rater at the helm of a high-performance remodel and watch the energy load shrink.

ZENERGY HOUSE, THE BRAINCHILD OF Residential Energy Assessment Services (REAS), was conceived as a living example and educational tool for the average person to learn about and incorporate greener elements into their home environment.

The 2,450-square-foot, one-story home in Studio City, Calif., was originally built in 1950 and includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The home was selected for a high-performance retrofit because of its unique architecture and because the home’s size reflects the national average for square footage.

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Topics: net-zero energy, California, 1600 to 2500 square feet

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