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New Florida

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 15, 2014 4:57:00 PM

Florida, one of the fastest growing states, is not known for its green housing. But this LEED Gold home in Winter Park, not far from Orlando, breaks that pattern. Its contemporary design contains many elements familiar in what you might call the “snowbird vernacular” of modern Florida architecture: large expanses of glass, an open floorplan, a back yard lanai, and an open interior with little trim. But unlike so many Florida homes--built to code but no better--nearly every aspect of this home has an energy- or water-saving purpose.  
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Topics: Green Landscaping, LEED, Energy Recovery Ventilation, HERS, 2600 to 3400 square feet, natural daylighting, green roof, 2010 Green Home of the Year Awards, LED Lighting, rainwater harvesting, salvaged materials, Florida, Recycled Products

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

Urban Uplift

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2013 2:43:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Infill Home - Seattle, Wash.

This bright, efficient home shows how sustainability is possible—even on a compact city parcel.

THE 2,710-SQUARE-FOOT PARK Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passivhaus. Built on a small, 2,000-square-foot infill lot in the Madison Park neighborhood, the home is larger in square footage than the lot.

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Topics: 2600 to 3400 square feet, green roof, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Washington

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

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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