Articles - August, 2010

Traditional Passive House in Oregon

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This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club).  The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc.  It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient — as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.

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LEED Platinum Remodel in Wilmington

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With 113.5 points, this North Carolina home is one of the greenest remodels ever certified by the LEED for Homes program, according to EcoHome Magazine.  Architect Jay DeChesere led the Wilmington project which diverted 91% of construction waste and secured a HERS rating of 28 post-renovation.  You’ll have to admit these are some stellar numbers!

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Net Zero Playhouse in Orange County

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One of the entries this year in Project Playhouse, an annual fundraiser by HomeAid, is a net-zero playhouse called the Ocean Adventure Lab.  The structure, designed by LPA Inc. and built by Turner Construction, will be auctioned off in early September.  In the mean time, it's on display at the Irvine Spectrum Center illustrating a number of sustainable elements. 

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Dune Wall Tiles by urbanproduct

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Stephen Lindsay has been working on the launch of these fascinating tiles made of walnut, plaster, and concrete. Dune tiles are eight inches square and protrude about two inches from the wall surface. They’re distributed through urbanproduct (though the company is looking for U.S. distributors) and made with natural pigments and a soya-based finish.

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New Zero Series Prefab from Studio 101

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Michelle Kaufmann just announced the launch of three new prefab homes available exclusively through Studio 101 Designs and built by Blazer Industries.  These homes — Ridge0, Vista0, and Contours0 — are part of the Zero Series designed to produce as much energy as is needed over the course of a year.  As you can tell from the renderings, they're undeniably contemporary and seemingly approachable at the same time.

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