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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

Near Future Vision

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 31, 2014 1:02:15 PM

The 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle celebrated all things Space Age, including the American Home of the Immediate Future, a prefab modular house. Fifty years later, the Miller Hull Partnership’s Ron Rochon decided to revisit the idea. Read More

Topics: net-zero energy, 1500 square feet or less, radiant heating systems, Recycled Products

Small Wonder

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:47:00 PM

Photos by Neil Kelly

NEIL KELLY DESIGNER Michael Mahoney had his work cut out for him with this Bend, Oregon bath remodel.

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Topics: bathroom, Residential Retrofit, salvaged materials, Oregon, Recycled Products

Condo Kitchen Reborn

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 14, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Photos by Darren S Higgins, DH Photography

ALAN ABRAMS HAS been building green for decades, starting with a modest adobe he built by hand in New Mexico. The motto of his Maryland-based company, Abrams Design Build, is “sustainable design for intentional living.”

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Topics: kitchen, Greenguard, FSC Certified Lumber, Residential Retrofit, salvaged materials, Maryland, Recycled Products

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

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