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Super Savers

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 30, 2015 11:01:00 AM

RIVER FALLS ECO-VILLAGE is a community of sustainable, affordable homes in River Falls, Wisconsin. Built on three acres donated by the City, the Eco-Village includes 18 single family residences, a community center and solar garden. The project is a collaborative effort between St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity, the City of River Falls, River Falls Municipal Utilities, St Croix Institute and a group of corporate partners. “This project has stretched us, both in type and magnitude,” says Jim Cooper, project manager for St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity. “We wanted to learn as we went along, so we could improve both the sustainability and affordability of the homes.”

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Topics: SIPs, Energy Recovery Ventilation, rainwater harvesting, multi-family, 2014 Green Home of the Year

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

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