EPS: Miles Per Gallon Rating for Homes

When you buy a house, there’s no clear way to know what you’re getting.  There’s no miles per gallon sticker, as with cars, or nutrition label, as with foods.  You’ll pay for an inspection and walk through the place any number of times, but you definitely can’t see through the walls.  It’s strange that we allow ourselves to spend, or mortgage, so much with so little information.

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California School Earns LEED Platinum

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Sacred Heart Schools' new Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center in Atherton broke some records recently.  It's the first school to obtain LEED Platinum certification under the LEED for Schools program and the first school in San Mateo County to use fruits and vegetables from an on-site organic garden for food service in the school cafeteria.  It's also designed to use 69% less energy than a typical school and features some incredible green features. 

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Passive House Retreat for Little Compton

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As the years go by, it’s interesting to see the same innovators pushing the envelope in new ways.  For instance, ZeroEnergy Design, a design firm that we mentioned with the net-zero energy Truro Home and solar-powered English Residence, and Aedi Construction, a builder that we mentioned with the LEED certified 53 Standish Street, are working together on this handsome Passive House retreat in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

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Natural Home Completes Show House

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It's been through several years of remodeling, but the Natural Home Show House is now complete.  The word show house, though, is kind of a misnomer because the project includes two connected homes.  One is on Nevins Street and the other is on Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  They both have distinct styles and both anticipate receiving Health House and LEED certifications.

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President Obama Explains Proposed HOMESTAR Retrofit Program

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Yesterday, President Obama toured a training facility at Savannah Technical College and took the opportunity to outline more detail on the proposed HOMESTAR Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program.  The program has been called "Cash for Caulkers" due to similarities with Cash for Clunkers, but we're going to stick with the HOMESTAR terminology.  Here's some additional detail. 

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Backyard Box Intros Line of Modern Efficient Accessory Dwelling Units

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Sloan Ritchie, the same developer that brought us the beautiful, green Alley House, just launched a new endeavor called Backyard Box.  As the name indicates, the Seattle-based company helps homeowners add extra space — whether for an office, studio, mother-in-law apartment, or income property — to lots with room and flexible zoning.  Backyard Boxes, commonly referred to as accessory dwelling units, come in three sizes, three finish packages, and have a Smart Box option, which includes some geeky green technology. 

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