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3 Things to Know About LEED Green Building Certification

Posted by Nicole Schlabach, Guest Columnist

Nov 19, 2019 4:27:27 PM

As sustainable building trends increase in popularity, it’s essential for real estate stakeholders to be informed about green trends.

As sustainable building trends increase in popularity, it’s essential for commercial real estate (CRE) stakeholders to remain informed.

Green buildings are touted for their cost and health benefits, and sustainability certifications are a stamp of approval that properties meet those standards.

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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: An Epic Effort

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 1:12:50 PM

Here’s a smart home that’s safer, stylish and a whole lot of fun.

When The Mountain Life Companies decided to build green housing in Breckenridge, Colo., there was a key element it knew it had to include: The homes had to be smart.

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The ABCs of EPDs

Posted by Dennis Wilson, Guest Columnist

Feb 20, 2018 1:23:21 PM

Environmental Product Declarations are helping to drive change in green construction.

In recent years, building and design professionals have witnessed a significant shift in what is considered a sustainable construction project.
The more-stringent requirements of the new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 rating system have raised the bar for project teams with sights set on LEED certification. The same has been true for building product manufacturers. Earlier versions of LEED allowed manufacturers to make sustainable product claims based on one attribute, while the product’s other attributes may not have made the grade. Under LEED v4, however, manufacturers are being asked to provide more detailed information on material content and comprehensive environmental impact before their individual products can be considered for a green product designation.

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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Simply the Right Size

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

For this Chicago-area Passive House, energy performance, durability and health are interdependent.

When architect Tom Bassett-Dilley and Evolutionary Home Builders teamed up to replace an aging home in historic Oak Park, Ill., they wanted to pay homage to the region’s early 20th-century architecture. They also wanted to design and build a high-performance Passive House. Oak Park, a large suburb west of Chicago, includes homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and E.E. Roberts.

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