Solar Suburbs of the Future

Posted by Marc Gunther

Feb 8, 2017 11:15:34 AM

Imagine a truly green suburb, one in which energy-efficient homes are powered by rooftop solar panels, and electric cars glide quietly down the streets.

Businesses, energy experts and scholars say low-carbon suburban living is not only possible, but on its way—though not in the short run. Some glimpses of the future:

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Passive House Has Solar Corridor that Doubles as a Clothes Dryer

Posted by Larry Lindner, Guest Columnist

Jan 30, 2017 2:14:38 PM

This unique home’s smart and solar bells and whistles reduce its ecological footprint even more.

Building a home up to standards required to be deemed “passive” might make some builders cringe. But when the Valle Group received such a request, it was almost par for the course. The Cape Cod, Mass.-based builder specializes in carefully planned, energy-efficient homes.

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Indoor Air Quality a Focus of this Net Zero Home

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Jan 13, 2017 12:33:16 PM

Lubberland’s Edge home showcases smart air management.

When Norbert and Robin Wesely designed their retirement dream home in southeastern New Hampshire, they were inspired by the concept of dynamic energy efficiency: living in a net-zero home that generates as much energy as it consumes. This would make planning for rising energy costs on a fixed income much simpler.

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Options for Community Living

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 2, 2016 12:11:08 PM

This renovated 1,436-square-foot 1970s ranch earns a HERS score of 40—lower than most new builds.

When most people think efficiency, they think of newly built houses. In this case, the United Way of Long Island Housing Development Corporation completely renovated a 1,436-square-foot, three-bedroom 1970s ranch in Patchogue, N.Y., on Long Island. The home now earns a HERS score of 40—a lower score than most new builds.

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Affordable, High-Performance Building: The McKinley Project

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 18, 2016 11:31:48 AM

This 1,594-square-foot, two-story home receives a HERS score of 26.

In Garland, Texas, a public-private partnership built a 1,594-square-foot, two-story home for a husband and wife, both of whom are military veterans, and their two young children. The home is a product of Carl Franklin Homes and the Green Extreme Homes Community Development Corporation, as well as a number of other local and national organizations.

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