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The Right Conditioning

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 10:45:00 AM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Behind the Walls - Chicago, IL

The Chicago area's first passive solar house eschews a traditional HVAC system.

INSTEAD OF A traditional HVAC system, two wall-mount, mini-split heat pumps—one on each floor—condition this airy modern home. The Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) mixes and distributes the air “like a Vitamix for air,” says builder Brandon Weiss.

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Topics: Super-insulated Envelope, bathroom, Indoor Air Quality, ICFs, 3500 to 4900 square feet, kitchen, Built-In Furniture, passive solar, HERS, Renewable Flooring, Low Flow Faucets, Illinois, PHIUS+ Passivhaus, natural daylighting, Passive design, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards

Tapping Nature - Best Eco-Integration - Portland, OR

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 12:43:00 PM

THIS CUSTOM HOME outside Portland, Oregon, is one couple’s dream. It’s not a “purist” project in the sustainable sense, because the owners had specific tastes that had to be balanced with sustainability.

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Topics: 3500 to 4900 square feet, solar, HERS, natural daylighting, rainwater harvesting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, Oregon, Paint

Last Stop - Best Aging-In-Place Home - Catlett, VA

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 11:53:00 AM

HOMES SUCH AS this one, by Golden Rule Builders, avoid the ecological impacts of remodeling a home’s cosmetic features to accommodate aging residents, at the same offering low utility and maintenance costs for the life of the structure.

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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, 3500 to 4900 square feet, Energy Recovery Ventilation, standing seam metal roof, PEX, Low-E Window glazing, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, ADA compliant, Paint

Modular Modernism

Posted by Amanda Abrams

Sep 1, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Builders don’t necessarily want to hear it, but talk to some architects and they’ll tell you that prefabricated homes are the wave of the future. Not only do they make it possible to build unique, high end homes for a fraction of the price of their stick-built cousins, but they’re way more environmentally sustainable to boot, say these prefab aficionados.

That’s certainly the way Joseph Tanney, one the founding architects of New York City’s Resolution: 4 Architecture, sees it. He and his colleagues recently finished what they’re calling the Fishers Island House, the most recent in the firm’s “Modern Modular” line of homes. While each is completely unique, its design driven by the site and the homeowners’ needs, all of the houses are constructed using a series of long, factory-built Lego-like boxes that are connected and finished on the site.

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Topics: PV, 3500 to 4900 square feet, solar, solar hot water, Energy Star, green roof, sustainable living, Connecticut

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