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Sustainable Building Blocks

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 24, 2014 11:35:58 AM

WHEN MR. WILSON approached Rob Smith, president of e2 Homes, about building a water-efficient, net-zero energy home with no drywall or wood on the first floor for one-third less than another builder’s bid, e2 Homes rose to the challenge. The 4,300-square-foot home incorporates Aercon aerated autoclaved concrete (AAC) blocks, which provide both structure and insulation.
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Topics: net-zero energy, 3500 to 4900 square feet, water conservation, Low-E Window glazing, rainwater harvesting, Building Science, Resilient Housing

On the Edge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 22, 2014 4:56:41 PM

UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, it would be hard to imagine a home on this site, high atop a cliff, surrounded by breathtaking views. But neither this home, known as the Zero Energy Idea House, nor its
architect, are of the average variety.

“It’s self-evident that this design is saying ‘I’m a different kind of house,’” says architect David Clinkston. “That was the intention—that you see the green roofs, PV panels, solar hot water panels and vertical axis windmill. These are all visible from the road. A ‘green wall’ at the main entrance (to reduce afternoon solar gain) is another clue that all is not ‘normal’ with this house.” The wall is a galvanized steel grid that will provide privacy when vines grow over it.

Not every aspect of the home’s infrastructure is obvious, of course. The structural  insulated panel (SIP) structure sits atop concrete grade beams that thrust back into the steep slope, and the below-grade wall at the back of the house was poured into ICFs.

The house is heated with a Warmboard radiant floor system—wood panels coated with reflective aluminum.

“That aluminum skin is thick,” Clinkston says. “with grooves that direct the heat exactly where you want it.”

Advanced Engineering
The architect took the owner’s interest in “seeing the bones” of the home seriously, specifying a steel frame as the carriage for the SIPs.

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Topics: SIPs, solar, green roof, rainwater harvesting, alternative energy, 2011 Green Home of the Year Awards

Gathering Place

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 20, 2014 11:20:00 AM

OUR JUDGES DID NOT select this home lightly during the 2011 Green Home of the Year contest. There was serious debate about whether its grandiose scale should count against its “green” building science. In the end, however, the ecological zeal of its execution won them over.
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Topics: solar, Insulation, AquaPEX, FSC Certified Lumber, rainwater harvesting, salvaged materials, 2011 Green Home of the Year Awards

Smart Style

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 19, 2014 5:05:52 PM

SOLARIA IS THE FIRST “pre-designed” affordable green house in the Puerto Rico housing market. At $130,000, it’s making waves as a cost-effective way to provide high design to the masses.
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Topics: solar, Energy Star, rainwater harvesting, 2011 Green Home of the Year Awards

Cubist Fantasy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 29, 2014 7:25:00 PM

In 2009, Revelations Architecture conceived the E.D.G.E. (Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment) House, a 360-foot modular concept home that won the AIA Small Projects Award in 2011. Last year, principal architect Bill Yudchitz collaborated with his son, architect Dan Yudchitz, on the Essential House. A more pragmatic and affordable version of its predecessor, this year’s two-story cube measures 1,000 square feet, and includes a sleeping loft, storage and a utility room. “The Essential House could be put on any infill site in the U.S.,” asserts Bill Yudchitz.

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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, passive solar, rainwater harvesting, urban


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