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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Making Zero Energy Homes a Mainstream Option

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Feb 15, 2016 10:50:57 AM

Solar shingles and an attractive rebate program are making net-zero homes from Addison Homes appeal to buyers in this South Carolina market.

Addison Homes is committed to making zero energy a mainstream option, modeling a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable for homeowners. Its 2,700­-square-­foot InVision Zero SC is not only the first zero­-energy home in Greenville, S.C., it is also the first area’s first Active House.

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Resilient Ranch: Spray Foam Insulation Adds Lasting Value to this HOTY Award Winner

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 1, 2016 12:03:00 PM

Water, food security and land stewardship are just as important as energy independence for this Texas ranch house, a winner in this year's Green Home of the Year Awards.

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY are the focus of this ranch, creating a space where the homeowners could age in place surrounded by family, food and the Texas countryside. Nestled on 100 acres in Texas Hill Country, this artist’s compound is a colorful gem of self-sufficient living and connection with nature.

In the past few years, Texas has been plagued with drought and wildfire; the homeowners built this passive solar home in response to the changing landscape. A preliminary Wildfire Defense assessment was incorporated into the building site to minimize risk of loss.

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