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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

En Suite Bungalow Bath

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 13, 2014 7:06:00 PM

THE ORIGINAL HOUSE had no bathtub and no closets. However, it did have a full set of stairs leading up to an attic, which Bennett re-designed as a second-floor addition with luxurious green bath.

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Topics: graywater, bathroom, LEED, natural daylighting, water saving, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, Texas, dual-flush toilets

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


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