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Five Easy Pieces

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 15, 2014 3:05:00 PM

Photos by Jack Parsons Photography; Mary Estes contributed to this article.
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Topics: graywater, California, SIPs, 1500 square feet or less, green roof, cool roof

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

Affordable Density

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 11:56:00 AM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Community Project - Davis, California

An "odd-shaped bit of property" adjacent to a highway provided the opportunity for 69 affordable green residences.

JUDGES PRAISED THE New Harmony community’s welcoming design, and particularly appreciated the attention to indoor air quality and noise—given the parcel’s location directly adjacent to busy I-80 traffic.

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Topics: PV, California, Green Landscaping, Indoor Air Quality, solar, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Community Rebuilding

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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