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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

Mar 12, 2014 9:53:00 PM

GREEN HOME OF THE YEAR for 2010

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

Four-Part Harmony

Posted by Juliet Grable

Oct 2, 2013 12:49:00 PM

THE GUEST HOUSE at Buoy Bay was the prototype that launched the Cottage Series, one of eight pre-design series offered by Method Homes. It’s located at the south end of Orcas Island, one of the San Juan archipelago o­ff the Washington State coast. Architect Christopher Rost hopes his collaboration with Method Homes will open up opportunities in residential prefab.

“There are two factors limiting [the market] today,” he says. “The stigma of the mobile home and the emphasis on modern in high-end prefab.”

Rost has been practicing for over twenty years. He is Studio 29, along with his wife, Carol Rost, who serves as office and project manager and consultant. The couple moved to Orcas Island in 2006. Working in the beautiful but fragile environment prompted Rost to seek construction methods that minimized environmental impact; he also wanted to design structures that were flexible, expandable, and moveable. After briefly considering shipping containers, he concluded pre-fab was the way to go, especially for island construction, which is often characterized by hard-to access sites on steep slopes. In a bit of serendipity, Rost was approached by a client who was interested in both traditional cottage design and modular construction. He chose Washington-based Method Homes as a partner for the company’s experience in high-end prefab.
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Topics: Bamboo, 1500 square feet or less, solar, Windows, Energy Star, radiant heating systems, composite siding, prefabricated homes, Washington

Born Again - Overall Grand Winner - Clifton Park, NY

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 1, 2012 9:43:00 AM

WHAT DO YOU do with a sad 1830s building relic with good bones on a wonderful site in a great location? If you are this winning team, you go all out for green, LEED Platinum and NGBS Emerald.

The Peters-Lockrow farm house on the 80-acre Abraham Moe Farm had been vacant for a decade. It had holes in the roof, water in the basement and a menagerie of animals–squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons–living inside. The kitchen had even been used as a turkey coop. However, the Town of Clifton Park, N.Y., had cataloged the home (which was once owned by the original town clerk) as a historic property.

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Topics: net-zero energy, 1600 to 2500 square feet, LEED, solar, standing seam metal roof, spray foam insulation, energy efficient windows, electric vehicle, electric vehicle charging, Energy Star, water saving, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, renovation, Paint


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