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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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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Buried Treasure

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

For this Montana home, restriction was the mother of invention.

Clients approached architect Mike Wiseman and builder Rob Evans of Constructive Solutions Inc. with a simple task: Design and build a two-story home for their premium parcel near Gallatin Gateway, Mont. The property is on a “bench” overlooking the south end of the Gallatin Valley, with incredible views of nearby mountains and wilderness.

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Sustainable Strategies Abound in this Case Study House

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 3, 2016 5:32:39 PM

A house in Bellingham, Washington, demonstrates innovative water and energy systems that meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge.

THE BIRCH CASE STUDY HOUSE was developed using the Living Building Challenge as a guide. The primary goal of this project was to implement numerous sustainable strategies, highlighting the successes and failures when designing, permitting and constructing Living Buildings.

To help realize the project, [bundle] design studio partnered with non-profits and building product manufacturers. Throughout construction, [bundle] hosted a workshop series with Sustainable Connections to present green materials and strategies to the local building community. [bundle] also partnered with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) for the NextStep Homes program and with WSU to field test a CO2 heat pump that is used for domestic hot water and radiant floor heating.

PROJECT STATS

NAME: Birch Case Study House, Bellingham, WA
BUILDER: Chris Tretwold, Tretwold Construction, LLC
ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: Dan Welch, [bundle] design studio
PHOTOS: [bundle] design studio

The Birch Case Study house has proved successful at demonstrating a number of pathways towards Living Buildings. Among the highlights, it is the first within the Bellingham city limits to choose not to hook up city water and sewer. Instead, the project achieves net-zero water usage through the use of onsite rainwater catchment, composting toilets and graywater reuse.

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Efficiency Times Two

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 13, 2016 4:58:46 PM

This cohousing duplex in Washington State generates enough solar energy for two families, plus their electric cars.

BELLINGHAM-BASED design/build firm TC Legend Homes loves to build overachieving homes. The firm’s latest project features a 9.9-kW PV array, which not only produces enough solar electricity to meet its own energy needs, but will produce surplus power to charge two electric cars. Nicknamed the Power House, the home has earned a HERS Index score of -15. It is the first of its kind in Whatcom County.

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Campus Crusader

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 26, 2015 9:49:00 AM

IN MARCH 2014, American Honda unveiled Honda Smart Home US, located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis. The energy-efficient home can produce enough electricity onsite from renewable sources to meet all of its annual energy demand, including electricity to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.
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