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Streamlined Green

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Nov 3, 2014 3:12:07 PM

WHEN RICKY CAPPE, a green building consultant, wanted to build a home on a modest budget, he started wondering how someone could build an affordable sustainable home. He found it impractical for each homebuilder to hire an architect and research the myriad of options on the market. He found the process very time consuming and expensive, which inspired him to create sustainable, affordable kit houses.

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Topics: SIPs, natural daylighting, energy efficiency, FSC Certified Lumber

2030 Challenge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 28, 2014 5:52:00 PM

WE WANTED TO DO A project that went the whole distance in every category,” notes builder Faren Dancer. “Santa Fe has adopted the 2030 challenge—which says we need to get to zero emissions in new homes by 2030. Our intention was to show that it can be achieved now.”

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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, HERS, natural daylighting, salvaged materials

Island Jewel

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 27, 2014 9:42:52 AM

Ellis used the short eaves space upstairs to store a single Geyser heat pump water heater. He needed to provide enough capacity for four bathrooms and an outdoor shower. So the two hot water tanks act as storage and are plumbed in line with the Geyser heat pump providing heat for the system. The heat pump runs on standard 110 volt power. As the systems use ambient hot air to heat water, they blow out colder air, cooling the “outdoor” hallway. Also in this space is the 4.5 ton 16 SEER Trane high-efficiency heat pump that conditions living areas.

PROBABLY THE GREENEST way builder Steve Ellis could have used his island property would have been to continue enjoying it as a festive site for bonfires and camping.

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Topics: 1600 to 2500 square feet, natural daylighting, housewrap, spray foam insulation, salvaged materials, Recycled Products

The Good Life

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 2, 2014 12:26:00 PM

WHEN YOU SEE A TULIKIVI masonry hearth in a custom home, you know you’ve entered a rarefied green home. It’s as revealing as seeing a Rolls Royce parked in a home’s garage (although that sends a very different message). You already know a lot about the owners.

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Topics: net-zero energy, solar, 2600 to 3400 square feet, natural daylighting, spray foam insulation

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


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