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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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Sustainable Ranch Renovation Keeps Mid-Century Style

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 9, 2016 10:42:50 AM

Visible changes blended with hidden additions make this home sustainable from top to bottom.

Photos by Robert M. Cain, Architect

CALL IT A CASE OF AGE before beauty. When a 1950s ranch-style home just outside of downtown Atlanta began to show its years, the owners decided it was time for a “redux.” The 2,100-square-foot dwelling was completely gutted and renovated to include several sustainable features and eye-catching design work on the interior and exterior.

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Streamlined Green

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Nov 3, 2014 3:12:07 PM

WHEN RICKY CAPPE, a green building consultant, wanted to build a home on a modest budget, he started wondering how someone could build an affordable sustainable home. He found it impractical for each homebuilder to hire an architect and research the myriad of options on the market. He found the process very time consuming and expensive, which inspired him to create sustainable, affordable kit houses.

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2030 Challenge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 28, 2014 5:52:00 PM

WE WANTED TO DO A project that went the whole distance in every category,” notes builder Faren Dancer. “Santa Fe has adopted the 2030 challenge—which says we need to get to zero emissions in new homes by 2030. Our intention was to show that it can be achieved now.”

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Island Jewel

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 27, 2014 9:42:52 AM

Ellis used the short eaves space upstairs to store a single Geyser heat pump water heater. He needed to provide enough capacity for four bathrooms and an outdoor shower. So the two hot water tanks act as storage and are plumbed in line with the Geyser heat pump providing heat for the system. The heat pump runs on standard 110 volt power. As the systems use ambient hot air to heat water, they blow out colder air, cooling the “outdoor” hallway. Also in this space is the 4.5 ton 16 SEER Trane high-efficiency heat pump that conditions living areas.

PROBABLY THE GREENEST way builder Steve Ellis could have used his island property would have been to continue enjoying it as a festive site for bonfires and camping.

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