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Super-Efficient Passive House is Maxxed Out for Performance

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 2, 2015 1:29:00 PM

In addition to its PHIUS+ certification, the Pumpkin Ridge has earned Earth Advantage Platinum and Department of Energy Challenge Home certifications.

THE PUMPKIN RIDGE PASSIVE HOUSE, designed by Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, demonstrates the power of super-efficient construction to make net-zero energy building practical and affordable.

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Topics: solar, passive solar, Passive design, passive house, 2014 Green Home of the Year

Campus Crusader

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 26, 2015 9:49:00 AM

IN MARCH 2014, American Honda unveiled Honda Smart Home US, located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis. The energy-efficient home can produce enough electricity onsite from renewable sources to meet all of its annual energy demand, including electricity to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.
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Topics: solar, electric vehicle charging, water saving, Sustainable Building Materials, radiant heating systems, LED Lighting, 2014 Green Home of the Year

Modern Marvel

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 21, 2015 5:04:16 PM

THE OWNER OF KARUNA HOUSE wanted to build a home that could serve both as a model of green building and a case study comparing some of the world’s most demanding green building certifications. Designed by Holst Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, it is the first building to earn Passive House, Minergie-ECO and LEED Platinum certification. Minergie is a Swiss certification with a holistic approach, including standards for non-toxic materials (similar to the Living Building Challenge Red List), protections for installer health, provisions for quiet building operation and ease of building disassembly.

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Topics: LEED, solar, Passive design, Building Envelope, Building Science, passive house, 2014 Green Home of the Year

Holistic Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 20, 2015 3:55:11 PM

WHEN PLANNING THE GROW COMMUNITY, an intentional community on Washington’s Bainbridge Island, architect Jonathan Davis says the team searched for a way to “package” sustainability. That’s when they discovered the One Planet Living Community program, a holistic certification program organized around 10 principles.

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Topics: High-Performance Windows, 1500 square feet or less, solar, outdoor living, edible gardens, 2014 Green Home of the Year, eco-landscaping

Earthen Elegance

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Nov 5, 2014 10:29:27 AM

WHEN THE JENNINGS FAMILY prepared to build a family home on Bowen Island, British Columbia, sustainability was a top concern. “The homeowners wanted a home that would represent something that was more ecologically conscious, so that their children would grow up in that type of environment and recognize that it doesn’t take that much to achieve it,” explains Arno Schmidt, owner of Ecosol Design and Construction and a member of the North American Rammed Earth Builders Association (NAREBA).

Although Schmidt may be at the forefront of rammed earth innovations, this method has been used for many centuries. Even parts of the Great Wall of China were constructed using this technique, and the wall still stands after 2,000 years. Rammed earth has been regaining popularity since the 1970s, particularly in the American Southwest and Australia. Read More

Topics: durability, solar, passive solar, rammed earth, Resilient Housing

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