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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

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

Clean Finish - Best Healthy House Design - Austin, TX

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 11:44:00 AM

ONE OF THE more unusual aspects of this sleek, modern home is its inclusion of site-built concrete countertops, locally made with the addition of recycled glass aggregate.

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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, hardwood flooring, FSC Certified Lumber, Low-E Window glazing, LED Lighting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards


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