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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

Eco Overhaul - Best Community Project - Fayetteville, AR

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 5:13:00 PM

THIS RENOVATION COMPLETELY overhauled the living systems of four existing apartment buildings constructed between 1968 and 1972. The old structures, the architect explains, “had great bones of precast concrete and split-face block, but were drastically lacking in thermal comfort, air quality and aesthetic appeal.”

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Topics: Built-In Furniture, Community, solar hot water, Low Flow Faucets, natural daylighting, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, Community Rebuilding, green community, renovation, Paint


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