Articles - February, 2011

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Traditional NZE Home in Connecticut

I’m told this is the first net-zero energy home in Connecticut. Yes, this LEED Platinum project in Killingworth produces more energy than it uses. It does that with a design to minimize energy consumption, solar panels, and a geothermal HVAC system – no energy for this home comes from fossil fuel-based sources. It has no boiler or furnace.

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Better Because You’re Here [Video]

There’s a YouTube channel with four videos of William McDonough’s “Deep Dive” at West Coast Green 2010.  All of them are worth watching, but I thought it would be worthwhile to share the one about NASA’s innovative Sustainability Base in Silicon Valley.

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Luxury Green LABhaus Going Up in Jersey

This luxury, modern, green home by LABhaus is under construction in New Jersey right now.  It’s a stunning single-family home assembled with five, factory-built modules and some impressive green products and finishes.  Plus, I’m happy to learn, the owners noticed our prior article mentioning the DIY Network’s search for new projects, and it looks as though the project will be featured on a future episode of “Dream Builders.

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Green Homes to Get Performance Labels

Buying a home is a big, expensive deal.  It’s important that you know what you’re getting.  Ideally, prior to purchase, you should know about its performance in at least four categories: energy use, water use, indoor air quality, and building integrity.  But, as a nation, we’re not there yet.  We’re getting there, though.

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Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

The other day I previewed faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage on display at the Montreal Cottage & Country Home Show.  Designed and built by Faberca, faberhaus gives folks a self-sufficient living space in the country.  In other words, no electrical grid connection is necessary with solar power for the LED lights and propane power for the fridge, hydronic radiant heat, and everything else.

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