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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.

PHOTOS BY AUGIE SALBOA

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

Gathering Place

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 20, 2014 11:20:00 AM

OUR JUDGES DID NOT select this home lightly during the 2011 Green Home of the Year contest. There was serious debate about whether its grandiose scale should count against its “green” building science. In the end, however, the ecological zeal of its execution won them over. Read More

Topics: solar, Insulation, AquaPEX, FSC Certified Lumber, rainwater harvesting, salvaged materials, 2011 Green Home of the Year Awards

4D Home Creates Solar Upgrade for Existing Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 27, 2012 2:09:00 PM

Homeowners adding solar PV or thermal systems are often stymied when they discover that their homes' roof is not strong enough to support panels or faces the wrong way for optimal performance. Plus, every roof penetration is an invitation to spring a leak.

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Topics: PV, 1500 square feet or less, solar, Insulation, Solar Decathlon, Massachusetts

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