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Condo Kitchen Reborn

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Photos by Darren S Higgins, DH Photography

ALAN ABRAMS HAS been building green for decades, starting with a modest adobe he built by hand in New Mexico. The motto of his Maryland-based company, Abrams Design Build, is “sustainable design for intentional living.”

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Topics: kitchen, Greenguard, FSC Certified Lumber, Residential Retrofit, salvaged materials, Maryland, Recycled Products

Boston Firehouse Kitchen

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Photos by Robert Knight

GREEN SOMETIMES STARTS with the building choice. In this case, Tom Dowers and Kate James turned a decommissioned firehouse into a home. With the help of Cambridge-based S+H Construction, the family took on the daunting task of repurposing the building. The firemen’s kitchen was already gone, so they turned their attention to the 370-square-foot space adjacent to the fire engine bays, which had served as a lounge.

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Topics: kitchen, natural daylighting, Residential Retrofit, Green Appliances, Massachusetts, Recycled Products

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

Subtle Masterpiece

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 1, 2013 5:18:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards 
Grand Overall Winner - Santa Ynez, Calif.

This home's smart, low-tech approach to efficiency took home the gold.

SIMPLICITY WON OVER the judges to make Dreamtime Farm, Santa Ynez, Calif., this year’s Grand Overall  Green Home of the Year Award Winner. Architect and judge Hank Krzysik called the home “simple, clean, energy-efficient.” Builder and judge Michael Ginsburg said the home was “simple, straightforward and understandable.” Judge and energy expert Robert Bulechek lauded its features: “net-zero, graywater with solar hydronic.”

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Topics: net-zero energy, California, bathroom, 1600 to 2500 square feet, Green Landscaping, kitchen, passive solar, solar hot water, straw bale, outdoor living, Chain of Custody Certification, EPA Burn Wise, natural ventilation, natural daylighting, AquaPEX, FSC Certified Lumber, LED Lighting, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Recycled Products

Second Chance

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 1, 2013 1:39:00 PM

2013 Green Home of the Year Awards
Best Resilient Design - Quebec, Canada

Designed for durability, this Canadian home was born of fire.

THE OWNERS OF this 2,701-square-foot Kenogami passive house by Ecohome built it after a previous home was destroyed by fire. It includes features such as water harvesting, plus careful attention to resilient exterior features, including fire-resistant landscaping.

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Topics: PV, High-Performance Windows, kitchen, solar, HERS, 2600 to 3400 square feet, Fire-Resistant Design, PHIUS+ Passivhaus, natural daylighting, Passive design, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, 2013 Green Home of the Year Awards, Canada

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