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Net Zero Energy Ranger's Residence

Posted by Linda Leake

Jun 25, 2014 8:34:11 PM

A NEW RANGER'S RESIDENCE at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument marks the first National Park Service house in the United States to achieve net-zero-energy.

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Topics: net-zero energy, Paint

The Annunciation Home

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 8, 2014 1:36:00 PM

When it comes to remodeling 100-plus-year-old homes in New Orleans, Southern Homes’ Chris Kornman notes that deconstruction has been the critical first step of every project. “A lot of these homes are former rentals, and often they haven’t been renovated in decades and have a lot of problems,” he says.

Rather than band-aid these issues, Kornman and his team strip the interior of the home, leaving only the exterior walls. What can’t be reincorporated into the home is then donated to either Habitat for Humanity or Green Project, a local entity with a similar mission for use in current projects.

In the case of Annunciation, a 1,400-square-foot house built in the late 1860s, the homeowner of was at a crossroads; she needed more room but loved her neighborhood and didn’t want to move. She also wanted her  home to be far more energy efficient as she was spending $300 month to air condition it during the summer but could never cool it below 80 F.
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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, energy efficient windows, Residential Retrofit, Louisiana, Recycled Products, Paint

The Callaway House

Posted by Matt Power

Apr 8, 2014 1:08:00 PM

When Catherine Callaway, a LEED AP certified architect with BNIM Architects, and her accountant husband first purchased their 1,000-square-foot home in an historic neighborhood in Houston, they embraced it for its legacy and the fact that it was something of a blank slate.  

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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, water saving, Residential Retrofit, Texas, Paint

Eco Overhaul - Best Community Project - Fayetteville, AR

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 5:13:00 PM

THIS RENOVATION COMPLETELY overhauled the living systems of four existing apartment buildings constructed between 1968 and 1972. The old structures, the architect explains, “had great bones of precast concrete and split-face block, but were drastically lacking in thermal comfort, air quality and aesthetic appeal.”

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Topics: Built-In Furniture, Community, solar hot water, Low Flow Faucets, natural daylighting, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, Community Rebuilding, green community, renovation, Paint

Tapping Nature - Best Eco-Integration - Portland, OR

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 12:43:00 PM

THIS CUSTOM HOME outside Portland, Oregon, is one couple’s dream. It’s not a “purist” project in the sustainable sense, because the owners had specific tastes that had to be balanced with sustainability.

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Topics: 3500 to 4900 square feet, solar, HERS, natural daylighting, rainwater harvesting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, Oregon, Paint


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