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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

The Good Life

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 2, 2014 12:26:00 PM

WHEN YOU SEE A TULIKIVI masonry hearth in a custom home, you know you’ve entered a rarefied green home. It’s as revealing as seeing a Rolls Royce parked in a home’s garage (although that sends a very different message). You already know a lot about the owners.

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Topics: net-zero energy, solar, 2600 to 3400 square feet, natural daylighting, spray foam insulation

Mayan Makeover

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 22, 2014 5:19:00 PM

THIS UNUSUAL WHOLE-HOUSE REMODEL began with a mostly gutted home in an old Austin neighborhood.

 

“The owner has a fascination with Mexico and Central America,” recalls builder David Kettler. “He started with a little backyard garden area, and really got into it and researched a lot. He had been working on the project for a couple of years, but he had trouble with some of the guys he brought in to do the work. They tended to be a bit unreliable.”

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Topics: solar, engineered wood, spray foam insulation, Energy Star, rainwater harvesting, evaporative water cooling

Natural Fit

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 14, 2014 10:07:00 AM

ALTHOUGH YOU CAN'T tell from the finished product, this 3,012 sq. ft. home in Livermore, Colorado, has a skin of SIPs, and a HERS rating of 24.

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Topics: SIPs, Native plants, 2600 to 3400 square feet, Low Flow Faucets, spray foam insulation, radiant heating systems, FSC Certified Lumber, Colorado

An Historic Home Goes Green

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 13, 2014 11:23:00 AM

JOSEPH BENNETT, an architect based in Austin, Texas, completely remodeled his own 1917 bungalow, transforming it into a 2,500-square-foot, two-story home. The remodel earned Silver LEED and Austin Energy Green Building 5 Star certifications; the bungalow’s HERS rating is 55.

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Topics: 1600 to 2500 square feet, LEED, HERS, spray foam insulation, Residential Retrofit, Texas, Recycled Products


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