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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

Natural Resilience

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 29, 2014 1:53:00 PM

MASTER CRAFTSMAN ROBERT LAPORTE and architect Paula Baker-Laporte moved the headquarters of the EcoNest Company, their design/build firm, to Ashland, Oregon in 2010. Last year they completed a new nest of their own. Featuring a timber frame, clay/straw walls and extensive use of natural and local materials, the two-bedroom home measures 1,510 square feet, and includes the EcoNest business offices.

Laporte adapted his wall system from traditional timber framing and wattle and daub.“It’s a versatile material,” he says. “The clay/straw mixture combines the insulating properties of straw-bale and the heat-storing properties of cob in one wall system.” Builders can adjust the proportions according to the solar opportunity; for instance, the south-facing wall contains more clay, increasing its capacity as a thermal mass. Larsen trusses minimize thermal bridging in the 12”-thick walls.
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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, standing seam metal roof, straw bale, Alternative Building Materials

Last Stop - Best Aging-In-Place Home - Catlett, VA

Posted by Matt Power

Dec 1, 2012 11:53:00 AM

HOMES SUCH AS this one, by Golden Rule Builders, avoid the ecological impacts of remodeling a home’s cosmetic features to accommodate aging residents, at the same offering low utility and maintenance costs for the life of the structure.

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Topics: Geothermal Heating and Cooling, 3500 to 4900 square feet, Energy Recovery Ventilation, standing seam metal roof, PEX, Low-E Window glazing, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, ADA compliant, Paint

Born Again - Overall Grand Winner - Clifton Park, NY

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 1, 2012 9:43:00 AM

WHAT DO YOU do with a sad 1830s building relic with good bones on a wonderful site in a great location? If you are this winning team, you go all out for green, LEED Platinum and NGBS Emerald.

The Peters-Lockrow farm house on the 80-acre Abraham Moe Farm had been vacant for a decade. It had holes in the roof, water in the basement and a menagerie of animals–squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons–living inside. The kitchen had even been used as a turkey coop. However, the Town of Clifton Park, N.Y., had cataloged the home (which was once owned by the original town clerk) as a historic property.

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Topics: net-zero energy, 1600 to 2500 square feet, LEED, solar, standing seam metal roof, spray foam insulation, energy efficient windows, electric vehicle, electric vehicle charging, Energy Star, water saving, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, renovation, Paint


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