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Vantem Panels Introduces Net-Zero Kit House: SmartHomze

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Vermont-based Vantem Panels, one of the United States’ first producers of SIPs (structural insulated panels) and one of three American producers of urethane panels, has released the first affordable net-zero energy kit homes: SmartHomze.

With an estimated $150 per square foot cost of construction (not including permits, site work, or foundation), SmartHomze are significantly more affordable than typical green homes that range between $200 and $250 per square foot and more in line with construction costs for an average new home that doesn’t include sustainability features.

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EcoNest Intensive Workshop Teaches Green Building with Clay, Straw, and Timber

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The Oregon-based EcoNest Company is the manifestation of an holistic design concept that being implemented in the construction of homes using straw-clay walls, earth plasters, and non-toxic, natural finishes. The concept as a company encompasses Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA and Robert Laporte, and has grown to become a resource for home building workshops and seminars, design and build assistance, a network of professional green builders, and access to other learning opportunities.

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Hummingbird Tiny Spaces Brings Affordable Quality to Nashville

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Hummingbird Tiny Spaces is a company in Nashville, Tennessee that builds small outdoor living spaces that can be used for storage or dwellings. Owner Will Yount has more than thirty years experience in home building and maintenance. He and his family hand pick materials with a focus on providing affordable quality over quantity, limiting offerings to just a few models and options, and a “do one thing and do it well” philosophy.

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ShelterKraft Werks Designs and Builds Sustainable Custom Shipping Container Homes

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The Seattle-based home building company, ShelterKraft Werks, designs affordable homes that are configured around recycled shipping containers to provide solutions for global housing challenges with turn-key, low footprint structures that can be installed within any conceivable environment.

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MODS International Donates Shipping Container Home to Family Displaced by Oklahoma Tornado

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Wisconsin-based MODS International builds modular and temporary shelter solutions that incorporate the use of converted cargo shipping containers. Earlier this month, MODS announced that they are donating a MODS unit to a family that lost their home in the tornadoes that recently hit the El Reno area of Oklahoma.

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Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Could Transform Green Home Building

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Since ground broke on the Start.Home, the students who are designing and building the Stanford University entry in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon have been learning their way around the construction site from five Carpenters Union instructors. CU is a Platinum-level project sponsor, joining other companies like DIRECTV, Intel, General Electric, Applied Materials, Boxh, Pine Cone Lumber, and Mitsubishi in an effort to change the way that green home building construction problems are solved.

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