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62 Innovative Green Homes of 2009

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Notwithstanding all the factors hammering the real estate world in 2009, we had the opportunity to cover over sixty-two innovative green homes.  Forward thinkers all over the country, and the world for that matter, are finding ways to develop, renovate, design, and build greener homes in different ways.  Some are more affordable.  Some are more efficient.  Some are certified at the highest level.  Some are prefabricated in days.  They're all interesting and innovative.  Click the text links below for more images and information.

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New Upcycled Container Cafe in Austin

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Mark Meyer of Austin-based designSTUDIO recently pointed us to one of his newest projects, la Boite.  La Boite is a green, environmentally sensitive cafe with locally baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee.  It was built from an old shipping container, and if you’re interested in details of the transformation, read more about it on designSTUDIO’s blog.  For the project, DesignSTUDIO used Rainwater HOG’s for greywater collection, biobased spray foam insulation, and Forbo linoleum for the floor and one wall.  You can find la Boite on 1700 South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas.  Looks fun, doesn’t it?

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First Platinum Home Rehab in Georgia

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Recently, the home of architects Doug Glasgow (Lord, Aeck & Sargent) and Yun Lee (HDR CUH2A), located at 715 Kirk Road in Decatur, Georgia, was awarded LEED Platinum certification.  It’s the first renovation in the state to achieve LEED certification, and the first renovation in the southeast to obtain Platinum level certification.  The gut rehab was performed by Hammertime Construction, a firm with expertise in green building.  Take a look inside …

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