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2020 Green Home of the Year Grand Award Winner: Empowered Perfection

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Feb 10, 2020 3:08:35 PM

The Monroe Farmhouse showcases outstanding attention to energy, ventilation and heat management.

What would it be like to never pay a power bill again? Mark Kuntz, chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), wanted to find out. After buying an 11-acre property in Monroe, Ga., he wanted to meet three goals: build a house that consumes little energy; incur no debt; and utilize materials that are durable and relatively maintenance free.

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A Winning Past

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Feb 5, 2020 5:10:34 PM

A lot of care goes into being a candidate for Green Builder’s Green Home of the Year, as these four past finalists show. Green Builder revisited several of the entrants from our previous competitions. Here's what made these finalists special.

The Andrew Avenue Residence

What’s old—very old—is new again with this WWII-era beach house.

The odd, orange-colored home on Andrew Street in the self-proclaimed “funky” beach town of Leucadia was once a single-level 1940s-era home that sat in its original state in the Southern California sun until early 2018. That’s when Bradley Schalacter and Frank Ragen saw the diamond in the rough.

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10th Annual Green Home of the Year Award Winner: New Zealand Original

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Apr 24, 2018 11:03:42 AM

This unique home deserves kudos for its building science and unique design.

When constructing the Dundonald Street Environmental and Passive Solar House, developers had little thoughts—as in a creating a small home (1,281 square feet) that would have an even smaller impact on the area’s ecological footprint.

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Meet the New Digital Age of Appliances

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 13, 2018 2:51:50 PM

What happens when the world’s leading technology company blends high tech with high design?

The market for smart home technology is exploding, and companies of all shapes and sizes are jumping in to reap the rewards.  And while there are plenty of devices that don’t add any real value to homeowners beyond the whiz-bang factor, many innovations are addressing real concerns to improve the resource efficiency, health, and safety of our families.

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Flooring Revolution

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 4, 2018 2:23:11 PM

When people think of innovation today, enabling smart home technologies generally come to mind. But other building product categories, like flooring, are experiencing similar important advancements.

When it comes to increasing the durability, aesthetics, and sustainability of your projects, selecting the right flooring products can pack a big punch.  There are several trends in green flooring that are worth consideration.

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