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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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Retirement Dream Home Includes Energy-Efficient HRV

Posted by David Chouvelon, Guest Columnist

Jun 12, 2017 10:48:32 AM

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This ultra-efficient Maine home benefits from installation of mechanical ventilation.

When Bev and John O’Malia decided to move from Michigan to Maine to be closer to their son and his family, they decided to have their son design a new home and stable. Matt O’Malia is an architect and principal at GO Logic, a design-build firm specializing in high-performance homes.

“As we get older, we needed a house that requires little or no maintenance and is easy to live in,” says Bev. “Energy conservation is also really important to us. Our move seemed like a perfect opportunity to build such a home.”

Their new, 3-bedroom home has a southern orientation, a contemporary appearance, and an open floor plan. It was designed to capture beautiful views of the property and bring in a lot of sunlight, especially during the colder months. Winter solstice sunlight streams in all the way to the back wall of the living room.

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Fine Footprint

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 20, 2016 6:50:39 PM

Built to withstand tough New England storms, this custom home also achieves a -23 HERS Index score.

THIS TRADITIONAL LOOKING New England home was designed by homeowners Elizabeth Wegner and Carl Benker with three goals in mind: durability, energy efficiency and health. The home reflects the couple’s desire to substantially reduce their negative environmental impact on the world. It was built by Glastonbury Housesmith, which constructed the first LEED certified Gold house in Connecticut.  The house was constructed to meet the most up-to-date residential building codes (2012 IRC, 2012 IECC) rather than those which are required in the state. The most notable requirements of the new codes are a stronger structure to withstand high hurricane winds and exterior insulation outside of the wall sheathing to prevent condensation—and subsequently, mold and/or rot—within the walls. An Uponor fire sprinkler system was also integrated with the domestic cold water plumbing.

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Eco-Village of 18 Homes Pushes Limits of Efficiency

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 30, 2015 11:01:00 AM

The one- and two-story residences have small footprints and range from 1,000 to 1,900 square feet. All are net-zero energy, LEED Platinum and Energy Star-certified.

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New Florida

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Apr 15, 2014 4:57:00 PM

Florida, one of the fastest growing states, is not known for its green housing. But this LEED Gold home in Winter Park, not far from Orlando, breaks that pattern. Its contemporary design contains many elements familiar in what you might call the “snowbird vernacular” of modern Florida architecture: large expanses of glass, an open floorplan, a back yard lanai, and an open interior with little trim. But unlike so many Florida homes--built to code but no better--nearly every aspect of this home has an energy- or water-saving purpose.   Read More