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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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Xero Flor America Green Roof Named in GreenRoofs.com Project of the Week

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GreenRoofs.com, a website that regularly posts information about new construction and renovation projects that include a green roof or rooftop garden, has featured in their Project of the Week the renovation of the headquarters of Xero Flor America (XFA), the official and exclusive U.S. distributor for the Xero Flor Green Roof System.

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Cottonwood Meadow Hybrid Container Home on Sierra Nevada Blueberry Farm

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Kyle and Hannah have been building a hybrid container home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California where they are attempting to grow blueberries. Their blog at CottonwoodMeadow.blogspot.com chronicles the design, site preparation, and construction of the home that incorporates shipping containers with traditional construction methods and their previous home that was relocated onto the new property.

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