Surplus Shipping Containers as an Eco-Friendly Housing Solution

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 28, 2016 11:09:38 AM

Surplus shipping containers are plentiful, and some say even aesthetically pleasing, so here is how some say they make an eco-friendly housing solution.

From, we found this story on how shipping containers are being used as student housing, floating showrooms, a store, self-contained farming units and even a replica of Stonehenge.

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Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction Projects Receive Development Grants

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 4, 2016 1:28:17 PM

Architects and builders are looking to wood as a sustainable alternative for mid-rise construction.

THE COUNTY'S FIRST mid-rise wood frame construction projects will soon be going up, one on each coast. These buildings will rely on mass timber construction, a category that includes engineered beams, or glulams, and the less familiar cross-laminated timber panels.

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Efficiency Times Two

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 13, 2016 4:58:46 PM

This cohousing duplex in Washington State generates enough solar energy for two families, plus their electric cars.

BELLINGHAM-BASED design/build firm TC Legend Homes loves to build overachieving homes. The firm’s latest project features a 9.9-kW PV array, which not only produces enough solar electricity to meet its own energy needs, but will produce surplus power to charge two electric cars. Nicknamed the Power House, the home has earned a HERS Index score of -15. It is the first of its kind in Whatcom County.

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Net Zero Neighborhood—Grand Award Winner

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 12, 2016 12:36:34 PM

The 42 homes in this Seattle micro-community are super efficient and solar ready. This project won top honors in our annual Green Home of the Year Awards for a reason.

THE RAINIER VISTA COMMUNITY, located in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, began as a partnership between Dwell Development and the Seattle Housing Authority in 2010. Dwell Development’s owner, Anthony Maschmedt, committed to building 15 homes using green building techniques and high-performance technology that would help homeowners conserve resources and cut costs. The excitement and demand generated by the project led to an additional 36 homes over five years. The last home was completed and sold in July 2015.


Name: Rainier Vista Community, Seattle, WA

Developer: Keith Hammer, Dwell Development

Architect/Designer: Julian Weber, Julian Weber Architects

Builder: Anthony Maschmedt, Dwell Development

Interior Designer: Abbey Maschmedt, Dwell Development

Photos: Tucker English Photography

All 42 homes in the community are designed for zero-energy living and are 5-Star Built Green certified. This voluntary certification program, developed by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, establishes environmental standards for energy efficiency, water use and indoor air quality. Each home features solar-ready rooftop configurations, advanced framing, high-impact insulation, triple-glazed windows, radiant heat systems powered by tankless water heaters and heat recovery ventilation systems. The community also includes the Cork Haus, Seattle’s first speculative Passive House.

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Drafty But Beautiful Italian Low-Rent Housing gets a 21st Century Retrofit

Posted by Emma Neri, Guest Contributor

Nov 30, 2015 1:09:18 PM

By retroffiting social housing with new windows and insulation, this Italian city hopes to demonstrate how classic low-rent housing can be transformed.

San Pietro is a peripheral neighbourhood overlooking the city of Genoa, North-West of Italy. It is also known as Lavatrici (washing machines), because of the concrete slabs with empty circles that characterise the façades of its buildings.

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