Case Study: A Modern Straw Bale Mining Cabin

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 30, 2015 3:20:36 PM

This home was inspired by nearby old mining structures Colorado’s gold country. But make no mistake: this is a thoroughly modern home.

GREG MADDEN DESIGNED this 1,660-square-foot straw bale cabin for a young couple who hired him before they had even bought a building site. Located at 9,000 feet near a major ski resort, the building was inspired by nearby old mining structures in Colorado’s gold country. But make no mistake: this is a thoroughly modern home. The cabin’s bones consist of a post-and-beam structure infilled with regionally sourced straw bales. The pier foundation is pinned directly to exposed granite bedrock, reducing the amount of concrete needed.

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Vermont Passive House Shows Off Modern Details

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Mar 14, 2015 1:24:00 PM

Energy-efficient design meeting Passive House standards is not an oxymoron when it comes to winning awards for housing design excellence.

AUTUMN HILL LANE HOUSE, as this project is called, just earned another accolade--as the cover house in Design New England magazine. In 2013 the house received the Energy Star Energy Efficiency Award and the People’s Choice Award for Best Overall Project from the Home Builders and Remodeler’s Association of Northern Vermont.  The house designed by brown + davis design, Jericho, Vt., received a 2014 Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture from AIA Vermont.

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Super-Efficient Passive House is Maxxed Out for Performance

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 2, 2015 1:29:00 PM

In addition to its PHIUS+ certification, the Pumpkin Ridge has earned Earth Advantage Platinum and Department of Energy Challenge Home certifications.

THE PUMPKIN RIDGE PASSIVE HOUSE, designed by Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, demonstrates the power of super-efficient construction to make net-zero energy building practical and affordable.

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Earthen Elegance

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Nov 5, 2014 10:29:27 AM

WHEN THE JENNINGS FAMILY prepared to build a family home on Bowen Island, British Columbia, sustainability was a top concern. “The homeowners wanted a home that would represent something that was more ecologically conscious, so that their children would grow up in that type of environment and recognize that it doesn’t take that much to achieve it,” explains Arno Schmidt, owner of Ecosol Design and Construction and a member of the North American Rammed Earth Builders Association (NAREBA).

Although Schmidt may be at the forefront of rammed earth innovations, this method has been used for many centuries. Even parts of the Great Wall of China were constructed using this technique, and the wall still stands after 2,000 years. Rammed earth has been regaining popularity since the 1970s, particularly in the American Southwest and Australia. Read More

Site-Built Homes Sustainable to the Last Detail

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 31, 2014 10:24:14 AM

SEATTLE-BASED GREENPOD OFFERS factory- and site-built homes that are sustainable to the last detail. The WaterHaus, a 450-square-foot model home built in Port Townsend, Washington, exemplifies what the company is trying to accomplish with its compact, flexible homes. For starters, the floors, walls and roof of the home are made with structural insulated panels (SIPs).

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