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Wide Open Island Living

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 18, 2015 10:40:47 AM

The kitchen and bath in this LEED Platinum home in Hawaii feature water-efficient fixtures and healthy, low-maintenance finishes.


THE WA'AHILA RIDGE custom Craftsman home, designed by Hawaii-based Archipelago Hawaii and built by MOKULUA HPB, marries design with building science in a truly collaborative process. Completed in 2013, it is one of the only LEED Platinum-certified homes in the state and has achieved a HERS rating of 15.

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Topics: LEED, Indoor Air Quality, Insulation, natural ventilation, Energy Star, water saving, LED Lighting, Water Sense

Smart Style

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 19, 2014 5:05:52 PM

SOLARIA IS THE FIRST “pre-designed” affordable green house in the Puerto Rico housing market. At $130,000, it’s making waves as a cost-effective way to provide high design to the masses. Read More

Topics: solar, Energy Star, rainwater harvesting, 2011 Green Home of the Year Awards

Mayan Makeover

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 22, 2014 5:19:00 PM

THIS UNUSUAL WHOLE-HOUSE REMODEL began with a mostly gutted home in an old Austin neighborhood.


“The owner has a fascination with Mexico and Central America,” recalls builder David Kettler. “He started with a little backyard garden area, and really got into it and researched a lot. He had been working on the project for a couple of years, but he had trouble with some of the guys he brought in to do the work. They tended to be a bit unreliable.”

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Topics: solar, engineered wood, spray foam insulation, Energy Star, rainwater harvesting, evaporative water cooling

Minimalist Makeover

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 12, 2014 6:33:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS DESIGNER, CONSULTANT and teacher Joshua Foss is a modern-day Renaissance man who continually pushes the sustainability envelope. In this case, his clients wanted a sustainable kitchen remodel that kept the focus on Theodore Wirth Park, the 750-acre nature preserve just beyond their backyard.

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Topics: kitchen, natural daylighting, Energy Star, Residential Retrofit, cradle to cradle, Minnesota

Master Work

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 12, 2014 9:53:00 PM


Green Builder's 2010 Home of the Year is not only dazzling to behold, but it's heated and powered almost entirely by the sun.

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Topics: SIPs, passive solar, solar hot water, Energy Star, cool roof, 2010 Green Home of the Year Awards, Utah

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