Sep 12, 2014 6:16:00 PM
Jun 27, 2014 9:42:52 AM
Ellis used the short eaves space upstairs to store a single Geyser heat pump water heater. He needed to provide enough capacity for four bathrooms and an outdoor shower. So the two hot water tanks act as storage and are plumbed in line with the Geyser heat pump providing heat for the system. The heat pump runs on standard 110 volt power. As the systems use ambient hot air to heat water, they blow out colder air, cooling the “outdoor” hallway. Also in this space is the 4.5 ton 16 SEER Trane high-efficiency heat pump that conditions living areas.
PROBABLY THE GREENEST way builder Steve Ellis could have used his island property would have been to continue enjoying it as a festive site for bonfires and camping.
May 13, 2014 11:23:00 AM
JOSEPH BENNETT, an architect based in Austin, Texas, completely remodeled his own 1917 bungalow, transforming it into a 2,500-square-foot, two-story home. The remodel earned Silver LEED and Austin Energy Green Building 5 Star certifications; the bungalow’s HERS rating is 55.
Apr 18, 2014 9:57:00 AM
The house wasn’t much to look at—a modest Cape Cod–style home in what was once a working-class street in Portland, Maine. But Tom Landry saw potential and opportunity.
Owner of CornerStone Building & Restoration/Homes, Landry had passed the property many times as it sat on the market, priced at a bargain $155,000. This house, he knew, was located in one of the city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods, within walking distance of fine restaurants, a performing arts theater, and a waterfront park.
Dec 1, 2013 5:18:00 PM
2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Grand Overall Winner - Santa Ynez, Calif.
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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