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Alan Naditz

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2019 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: A Grand Old Time

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 12:10:29 PM

Sensible design and sustainability combine to revitalize a classic southern N.Y. structure.

When the Black family went searching for a new home, they literally found what they were looking for inside a 1930s farmhouse in rural Katonah, N.Y. There was an old-time charm in the two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath dwelling. But it simply wasn’t big enough to accommodate a family of five.

That’s where, according to homeowner Jason Black, the fun began. “We prepared ourselves for the concept of ‘Tiny House Living,’ as we reduced our family-of-five’s footprint into just a few rooms,” Black says. “But you can’t prepare yourself to do this within the context of an active construction site.”

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2019 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: The Simple Life

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 11:33:17 AM

Small, straightforward and near net zero, this tiny home easily takes the place of larger living quarters.

Owners of the Strickland Residence in Oak Harbor, Wash., may one day build their oversized dream home. Or maybe not: At the moment, the 784-square-foot, two-bedroom “guest quarters” more than meets their needs.

“The owners are enjoying the smaller home and the relaxed lifestyle that comes with it,” says Ted Clifton, the project’s builder and designer, and president of Clifton View Homes in Coupeville, Wash. “They’re considering not ever building the ‘main house,’ or at most, making it about the same size as this one.”

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2019 Green Home of the Year Grand Award Winner: Riverfront Masterpiece

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 11, 2019 4:26:59 PM

For this year’s champion project, it’s a case of location, location, location.

By the time Gretchen Rowe decided she wanted a green home, she had all the details worked out. This made building it easier—yet highly challenging, according to designer Jason Offutt of The Shelter Studio in Bend, Ore.

Rowe and her husband, Rodney Toogood, had selected a lot along the Deschutes River as the site of their new home, and had a specific set of parameters in mind for anyone who built the structure.

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10th Annual Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Pennsylvania Performer

Posted by Alan Naditz

Apr 24, 2018 10:47:07 AM

To achieve Passive House status for Scranton House, builders went back to basics.

Once upon a time, there was a burned-out house on an abandoned hillside lot—an eyesore for residents of Scranton, Pa. You’d never know that today. The site is now where a two-story, 2,153-square-foot “state of green” house now rests. And the city, the home’s owners and its developers couldn’t be happier.

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10th Annual Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Ohm Sweet Ohm

Posted by Alan Naditz

Apr 23, 2018 9:38:36 PM

This powerful ‘his and hers’ house is mostly HERS.

To say the aptly named Ohm Sweet Ohm saves energy is an understatement. The 2,400-square-foot single-family home in Roseville, Minn., has a HERS Index score of -49. The monthly energy savings alone could power up a 1,200-square-foot house. And, half of that energy goes toward charging two electric cars.

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