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Free Webinar: VISION House Seattle Cascades - A Template for Sustainable Design and Construction

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Dec 4, 2019 2:36:36 PM

Green Builder Media has joined forces with CR Herro, VP Innovation at Meritage Homes, and internationally renowned architect Stace McGee to design and build the VISION House Seattle Cascades.  The goal of the project is lofty: to redefine sustainability and set a new standard for building green in the current marketplace by blending sustainability, quality, durability, intelligence, and wellness—all at a reasonable price point.

In this webinar, Herro and McGee will discuss the building science, sustainable design, and green building features of the VISION House Seattle Cascades.  The off-grid, net-positive, healthy home optimizes demand-side energy management and incorporates of the most advanced green building products, systems, and technologies available on the market today.

The webinar will also address the outdated price per square foot valuation metric and how we plan to more appropriately measure full cost through quality, performance, resilience, and environmental impact. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
1:00 Eastern

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The Big Picture: Accessory Dwelling Unit Case Study

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 25, 2019 5:11:46 PM

An ADU may be smaller, but it’s just as challenging to build as a full-sized dwelling.

Steve Snyder and his wife Jackie Ellenz first learned about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) through their designer, Libby Holah. She and her husband Greg had previously designed a bathroom for Snyder and Ellenz, and they were a natural first choice when it came to remodeling part of their home in Portland, Ore.

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Masonry Fireplace: Its Role In a High-Performance House

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 13, 2019 4:50:35 PM

One design element in this home is an amazing 13-foot-wide-by-26-foot-tall freestanding masonry fireplace.

The fireplace provides passive thermal mass and is also tied into the ventilation system of house. Here's how it works. 

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Providing HVAC--And Ventilation of HVAC

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 8, 2019 1:32:04 PM

An important thing in building any home is to not just consider heating or cooling but also the ventilation of HVAC.

Here's how you ensure homogeneous temperature, comfort, and get fresh clean air in so that whole home enhances the life of the people who live in it.

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Urban Sustainability Programs

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 25, 2019 1:47:07 PM

Builders aren’t the only ones working sustainable policies into their everyday activities. Cities are also taking part, with creative approaches to eco-challenges ranging from greenhouse gas reduction to building code enforcement. Here are three cities—one small, one mid-sized, one large—that have taken steps to promote sustainability with exceptional organization and passion.

Small Municipality Winner: Wellington, Fla., Wellington Environmental Preserve

The Village of Wellington is deeply committed to improving sustainability and quality of life for its residents. In 2012 and 2017, Wellington obtained a Gold Standard certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition for its sustainability practices. Since then, sustainability efforts have only increased.

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The Align Project Finishes Run at IBS/KBIS

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 21, 2019 4:11:14 PM

The Align Project was open for tours at Design and Construction Week and received hundreds of visitors and local news coverage.

Despite the unfavorable weather conditions in Las Vegas for Design and Construction Week, The Align Project received a steady stream of visitors eager to see what it has to offer.  The video below is from an intereview Las Vegas Now conducted with Sara Gutterman.

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Design for Alpine Living

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 21, 2019 1:06:37 PM

Siting is key to resiliency and water management.

Beautiful views come a cost! The VISION House Seattle Cascades team has to address the topographic and geographic realities of a site to preserve the blowaway views while designing a sewer and water system in the most efficient way.

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Global Warming May Turn Insurance Into High Stakes Roulette

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 7, 2019 1:25:31 PM

A growing string of natural disasters may lead to huge insurance increases for businesses and homeowners.

Climate change may turn into a gold mine for insurance companies, who may begin raising rates once they finish recalculating their catastrophe models. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a growing number of global warming-induced natural disasters have insurers looking for ways to recover their costs, as well as predict how they will change in the future.

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Super-Insulated, Structural Roofing Expands Livable Attic Spaces

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 14, 2018 1:33:51 PM

The VISION House Seattle Cascades builder is psyched at the opportunity to design and optimize around SIPS.

SIPs (structural insulated panels) can span full length of the house’s 12:12 roof pitches, reducing internal supports. This allowed the team to use the attic space for livable space, including bedrooms.

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For Wilderness Roofing, Fire Resistance is Key

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 10, 2018 10:33:45 AM

The VISION House Seattle Cascades team picks roofing that works with the climate and controls thermal gain.

One easy decision on this project was to use steel roofing, particularly with the growing threat of wildfire in the region. The experts selected BoralSteel’s stone clad steel roofing, not only for its exceptional fire resistance, but also because the house is on a sunny site and will not have air conditioning, it was necessary to pick a product that would keep heat from entering through the roof.  

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Why Insulated Concrete Walls?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 5, 2018 9:30:01 AM

Here’s how the building envelope provides strength and insulation.

Building a passive house means you need to think about passive energy storage techniques. A high thermal mass home that is well Insulated is a key part of a passive strategy. Here’s why the VISION House Seattle Cascades team chose Nudura ICFs blocks to get the job done.

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Vegas Jackpot-Attendees of Eco-Friendly Symposium Get a Free Pass to CES

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 27, 2018 9:29:00 AM

By registering for the one-day event in February, electronics enthusiasts earn a pass to CES, the enormous consumer electronics show happening in early January.

"IT'S A SWEET DEAL THAT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE," says Green Builder CEO Sara Gutterman. “But it’s the real deal." She and her team publish eco-friendly magazines, ebooks and online content, and also builds cutting edge exhibition homes. They also sponsor special "think-tank" style events, including the third annual Sustainability Symposium, to be held in Vegas on February 18th.

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A Builder’s Vision of Home

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 26, 2018 1:45:49 PM

Builder CR Herro talks about the premise of the Vision House Seattle Cascades.

The VHSC is a proof of concept conceived by a team of experts who are reimagining the standard by which homes should be built. It is cost effective, and uses available technology, trades, materials, and techniques. Compelling in its call to challenge the building industry status quo, this house will inspire average buyers to use their building budgets wisely in creating the home of their dreams.

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