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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DOM(E) is Sustainable Geodesic Prefab for Any Location

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No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.

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Green Roof on Children’s Hospital Contributes to LEED Potential

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Three green roofs can be seen from many of the patients’ rooms at the new Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital that was dedicated last November. A 6,000 square foot terrace green roof, with a deck that is accessible only to patients and families, utilizes the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System, a modular green roof system.

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LEED Platinum Texas Home Has Net-Zero Water Use


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This 3,600 square feet home in Leon Springs, Texas is LEED Platinum-certified and features several affordable green building strategies that contribute to its net-zero water use. The homeowners asked architect Karla Greer (of Lake Flato Architects of San Antonio, Texas) for a sustainable home that celebrated nature and provided space for entertaining and energy-efficient living.

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