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10th Annual Green Home of the Year Grand Overall Winner: Elevated Standard

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 23, 2018 8:18:44 PM

This off-grid mountain retreat is designed to sip energy, resist wildfire and return to the forest at the end of its life.

When Andrew Michler began designing his award-winning passive house, he knew he had a tough client: his family. The MARTaK Passive House, located near the one-stoplight town of Masonville, Colo., was to serve as an off-grid family retreat. Consequently, it had to be flexible, accommodating and architecturally interesting, as well as perform in a tough climate.

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2016 Green Home of the Year Award Winner: Natural Wonder

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Committed clients help drive the sustainable design and construction of this lakeside home in Washington State.

While attending California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., Eric Hale used to help the team at Ewing Architects with their computers. Years later, after he moved to Washington State, Hale made good on a promise: He hired Douglas Ewing to design his house.

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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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Solar Suburbs of the Future

Posted by Marc Gunther

Feb 8, 2017 11:15:34 AM

Imagine a truly green suburb, one in which energy-efficient homes are powered by rooftop solar panels, and electric cars glide quietly down the streets.

Businesses, energy experts and scholars say low-carbon suburban living is not only possible, but on its way—though not in the short run. Some glimpses of the future:

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Passive House Has Solar Corridor that Doubles as a Clothes Dryer

Posted by Larry Lindner, Guest Columnist

Jan 30, 2017 2:14:38 PM

This unique home’s smart and solar bells and whistles reduce its ecological footprint even more.

Building a home up to standards required to be deemed “passive” might make some builders cringe. But when the Valle Group received such a request, it was almost par for the course. The Cape Cod, Mass.-based builder specializes in carefully planned, energy-efficient homes.

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