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Building Green - Lessons from Termites

Posted by Sophia Sanchez, Guest Columnist

Aug 27, 2019 12:24:45 PM

Human beings compete to build tall buildings - from the pyramids of the ancient world to the skyscrapers of our modern world. Tall structures from the ancient world were meant for either royalty or for the gods, but the modern skyscraper has lesser mortals working and living in them.

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Developing a Successful and Sustainable Master-Planned Community

Posted by Steve Cameron, Guest Columnist

Jul 15, 2019 11:36:40 AM

Homebuyers not only want community, they want healthy lifestyles, they want to stay in touch with nature, and they want a comfortable—and energy-saving—home.

Enter Terramor, a sustainable master-planned community that will not only provide open space and access to nature, but also contribute to saving water and energy.

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2019 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Peak Performer

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 2:08:26 PM

When it comes to wasted energy, Panacea Retreat is a cure-all.

Thrive Home Builders’ Panacea Retreat offers a picture-perfect example of how to optimize energy efficient at every level in a new home.
The company’s two-story, 3,200-square-foot dwelling in Denver carries a HERS score of 8, brought about by the presence of just about every efficiency feature that can be found in a home: 9.76 kW of solar, a Tesla Powerwall, Level 2 vehicle-charging station prewire, 9-1/2-inch thick R-40 double-stud walls, 14-inch raised heel height trusses, a 0.97 EF tankless water heater with a smart recirculating pump, an 18.9 SEER variable speed heat pump, a 98 percent efficient backup furnace, 100 percent LED lighting—and more.

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2019 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Loud as a Whisper

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 1:52:11 PM

This giant net-zero-ready community brings geothermal energy to a new high.

To understand the success of the Whisper Valley community in Austin, Texas, one has to look underground: The project’s geothermal loop energy supply system, GeoGrid, reduces each home’s energy consumption by 65 to 70 percent, cutting monthly heating costs by about 80 percent.

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2019 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Better with Bamboo

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 1:32:34 PM

This clever, compact Hawaiian bungalow has a tough side.

When a client asks David Sands to build a bamboo bungalow, it’s a source of joy for him. Sands’ company, Bamboo Living, specializes in housing made from the island’s fastest-growing and most-durable plant. But one request carried more pride than the others. One of Sands’ own employees wanted one of the stylish tiny shacks as a new home to celebrate her return to the Big Island of Hawaii after 12 years on the mainland.

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