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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

Hidden Assets

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 3:14:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Mainstream Green - Thaxton, Va.

This modest home doesn’t shout out its many green virtues, but they’re built into its bones.

WITH A HERS Index of 38, the 1,808-square-foot Specht Home is a certified PHIUS+  Passivhaus,  also built to EarthCraft Virginia standards—“a small ecological footprint” built on a 20-acre site.

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Topics: Super-insulated Envelope, High-Performance Windows, 1600 to 2500 square feet, solar, Energy Recovery Ventilation, solar hot water, Virginia, HERS, Low Flow Faucets, PHIUS+ Passivhaus, Mainstream Green, Passive design, LED Lighting, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards

Urban Uplift

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 2:43:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Infill Home - Seattle, Wash.

This bright, efficient home shows how sustainability is possible—even on a compact city parcel.


THE 2,710-SQUARE-FOOT PARK Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passivhaus. Built on a small, 2,000-square-foot infill lot in the Madison Park neighborhood, the home is larger in square footage than the lot.

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Topics: 2600 to 3400 square feet, green roof, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Washington

Second Chance

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 1:39:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Resilient Design - Quebec, Canada

Designed for durability, this Canadian home was born of fire.

THE OWNERS OF this 2,701-square-foot Kenogami passive house by Ecohome built it after a previous home was destroyed by fire. It includes features such as water harvesting, plus careful attention to resilient exterior features, including fire-resistant landscaping.

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Topics: PV, High-Performance Windows, kitchen, solar, HERS, 2600 to 3400 square feet, Fire-Resistant Design, PHIUS+ Passivhaus, natural daylighting, Passive design, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Canada

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


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