Articles - December, 2010

Solar Sufficient LEED Home in Houston

This self-sufficient home took a 2010 Evergreen Award from Eco-structure in the Greenhouse category and features some impressive, green elements.  Built in Houston for owners Daniel and Adele Hedges, the home – referred to as Virginia Point – is net-zero energy, near net-zero water, and the first home in Houston to receive LEED Platinum certification.

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Cozy Off Grid Solar Retreat in Maine

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Of all the beautiful homes in the most recent issue of Dwell, I must say this one made the greatest impression on me.  In “Worth the Wait,” Amber Bravo writes about The Porter Cottage in Ragged Island, Maine.  The self-sufficient home – roughly 480 square feet including a screen porch – is both off-pipe and off-grid and made with durable and green materials.

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AAHSA Displays Net Zero Idea House

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Last spring we took a preview of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Idea House 2010, which was built and on display for the association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles.  Designed by THW Design of Atlanta, the Idea House presents a 2,500 square-foot model of the future of senior housing – aging in place design, use of technology, and sustainability.

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The Nation’s First WaterSense Homes

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KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California.  What’s noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they’re the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label.  And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so.

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Green Gift Guide: The Gift of Giving

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This is the final part of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010,* which is a curated list of goods for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation.  This green gift guide has eight parts, which will be made available throughout the week.  This part includes five noteworthy organizations that provide shelter, design, or architectural assistance — they're all good options in the event that you want to provide the gift of a donation on someone's behalf. 

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