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Site Sensitivity

Posted by Suchi Rudra

Sep 15, 2014 4:57:00 PM

WHEN KAREN AND DAVE DAVIS decided to build a second home in Martha’s Vineyard with absolute minimum environmental impact, they chose to work with local design/build firm South Mountain Company. Founder John Abrams and his team had been building finely crafted and sustainable houses since 1975, and quickly realized that the site for this particular house near Chilmark Pond was a designer’s dream: a south-facing slope with wonderful views of the south shore. However, this very slope and the narrowness of the site also proved challenging to work around.
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Topics: net-zero energy, graywater, passive solar, 2600 to 3400 square feet, green roof, Low-E Window glazing, salvaged materials, Building Envelope

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

Reclaimed Design

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 4, 2014 4:35:00 PM

WHEN THE OWNERS of this 1,015-square-foot weekend lake cabin explained their dream to builder Don Ferrier, they told him they wanted the house to look like it had been there for 100 years. What they got is a net-zero gem that is currently the greenest house in Texas, per the Green Built Texas certification program.

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Topics: net-zero energy, 1500 square feet or less, standing seam metal roof, salvaged materials

2030 Challenge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 28, 2014 5:52:00 PM

WE WANTED TO DO A project that went the whole distance in every category,” notes builder Faren Dancer. “Santa Fe has adopted the 2030 challenge—which says we need to get to zero emissions in new homes by 2030. Our intention was to show that it can be achieved now.”

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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, HERS, natural daylighting, salvaged materials

Historic Lookalike Home in Florida Costs Only $150 a Month to Cool

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 7, 2014 11:34:00 AM

THIS HOUSE IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA, WASN'T supposed to be green. In fact, the owner, who requested an energy-efficient house, cautioned: “I don’t want a green house. They look ugly, like a garage. I want a home that is a traditional design.” After some back and forth, the owner told custom home builder Josh Wynne that he could make it as green as he wanted as long as he didn’t have to make any financial or aesthetic sacrifices.
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Topics: LEED, solar, energy efficiency, salvaged materials


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