Green Builder Media Logo

facebook twitter youtube linkedin pinterest google

Helios NW Eco: A Net Zero Vacation Home

Posted by Suchi Rudra

Sep 12, 2014 6:16:00 PM

WHEN SARAH AND HER HUSBAND (surnames withheld) purchased what is now the Helios Eco-House in Bend, Oregon, the primary goal was to achieve LEED standards. But after doing much research, the biotech and engineer couple discovered that “if you’re willing to go a little further, it’s really painless to go net zero.”
Read More

Topics: net-zero energy, 1600 to 2500 square feet, Green Landscaping, LEED, solar, standing seam metal roof, water conservation, zero-VOC, radiant heating systems, Low-E Window glazing

Energy Efficient for Peace of Mind

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 4, 2014 2:11:03 PM

IT'S NOT ALWAYS easy to build an affordable green home without a glaring compromise or two. But architect Eric Hughes and builder Dan Vos somehow beat the odds.

Read More

Topics: net-zero energy, Bamboo, High-Performance Windows, LEED, SIPs, Indoor Air Quality, ICFs, 1500 square feet or less, passive solar, zero-VOC, 2011 Green Home of the Year Awards

Conscious Compound

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 8, 2014 6:38:57 PM

HERE'S SOMETHING you don’t see every day: an “aging in place” multiple unit housing project with sustainability front and center.

This urban project in downtown Santa Barbara, CA, takes to heart architect Ed Mazria’s 2030 Challenge goal of carbon neutrality. Built in two phases, and certified LEED-H Platinum, it began with the teardown of an 1887 Victorian house, and its replacement with a state-of-the-art 2,520-sq. ft. home. The new structure captures some of the essence of the original home, but is extremely airtight and well built. The combination of spray foam and external Tyvek ThermaWrap reduces air infiltration (ACH 50) to .96 (better than the most stringent LEED standards).

The second phase called for construction of a 5,100-sq. ft. three-unit condominium, designed in a Spanish style. This condo was built using the same framing and insulation materials as the single-family home, and it also achieves super energy efficiency. The team had intended to build both structures with SIPs, but seismic concerns resulted in a change to 2”x6” framing with spray foam and thermal wrap.

The addition of parking lifts not only allowed for more vehicles—it conserved valuable square footage for living, so that the architect was able to squeeze an additional living unit out of the plan. Less driveway also made possible communal gardens in between the buildings.
Read More

Topics: Green Landscaping, LEED, housewrap, spray foam insulation, edible gardens

Builder's First New Green Home is LEED Platinum

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 25, 2014 3:32:47 PM

BRIAN MCCORMICK, OWNER OF MCCORMICK CARPENTRY, spent his career as a remodeler. When the chance to build a new home presented itself, he jumped. “I’ve learned that a lot of things I’ve been doing as a remodeler were green. And a lot of things that are green and we weren’t doing made sense in terms of resource savings and health.”

He claims he got the job to build this 4,059-square-foot home because he had just finished earning his NAHB Certified Green Builder designation. “We got the job because we were ‘green,’” he admits, but now that he stands behind his first house, which also happens to be a national award winner, it was clearly a perfect avenue to take. McCormick thinks that a team approach to the project is largely the key to its success. “The aspect of using an entire design team from the beginning—the architect, homeowner, contractor, and HERS rate—is what made this work.”

Read More

Topics: LEED, 3500 to 4900 square feet

Wolff Waters Place: Affordable Multi-Family Housing

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 24, 2014 1:11:41 PM

ASK CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Brian Peulicke what he thinks is most remarkable about 218-unit multifamily project Wolff Waters Place, and he’ll describe how it blends into its country club community where it is located. “I think as a whole it is beautiful. You would never think of it as affordable.” The units are one to four bedrooms, rent from about $400–$1,000, serving lower income families.
Read More

Topics: LEED, water conservation, affordable housing, multi-family


Posts by Topic