Green Showhouse Planned in Missouri

Hufft Projects and Make Studios just announced this contemporary green showhouse in planning for the Roanoke neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri.  The house was designed to standout and blend in at the same time.  Cantilevered overhangs and clean lines captivate, while brick and ornamental iron work match elements of other homes in the area.

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By |August 12th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture|Tags: |5 Comments

Square Footage Bashing [Best Comment]

Critics gave me a hard time for discussing a 2,988 square-foot home in Florida.  One loyal commenter, bruteforcecollaborative, responded:

"Panning a project on square footage alone is asinine. you don't know the client's programming needs – maybe the house is designed for the grandparents to move in. maybe one of their children is disabled and requires dedicated space. maybe the house is also a home office, thereby foregoing additional office space in another location … size alone isn't a function of how green or ungreen something is."

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By |August 11th, 2010|Categories: Editorial, News|19 Comments

Source for Reclaimed Building Materials

With the growing popularity of deconstruction and efforts to keep usable materials out of landfills, Planet Reuse is the place to find and list reclaimed building materials. I’ve mentioned the site before, but it’s a great resource, especially if you’re going for a distinct look or material that contributes to LEED certification. Check out some of these current listings.

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By |August 11th, 2010|Categories: Materials, Recycled|0 Comments

Modern Eco Courtyard House in Florida

This is a newly constructed contemporary home in Winter Park, Florida.  It was designed for a family of four by John Drake of Green Apple Architecture and has 2,988 square feet, as well as terraces, courtyard spaces, and cozy family gathering areas.  As a certified green home, it’s also a good example of the kind of home that can be built with proper planning, a decent budget, and the right team. 

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By |August 11th, 2010|Categories: Modern architecture, Single Family|Tags: , |11 Comments

Smart Green Homes from Minimalist+

Generally speaking, traditional construction can be inefficient and wasteful, while prefab construction can be non-local and expensive.  Somewhere in between, you might imagine, is a potential sweet spot where homes can be built in a smart, green, approachable, and modern way.  That’s what a Portland team is trying to do with Minimalist+ and their new SiteFab building process.

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By |August 10th, 2010|Categories: Prefab|Tags: |1 Comment

Traditional Passive House in Oregon

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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By |August 9th, 2010|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Single Family|Tags: |8 Comments
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