Green Inside and Out in the Valley

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This modern home, designed by David Wick of Wick Architecture and Design, sits on a narrow urban lot in San Fernando Valley.  Energy Star and Build It Green certified, the 4,000 square foot residence was built with an ICF basement, FSC certified wood framing, radiant barrier roof paneling, low-VOC caulks and sealants, a cool roof, a permeable driveway, and cedar siding that also provides some shading. 

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By |April 13th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|1 Comment

Delivering Healthy Gen7 Classrooms

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We've seen green portable classrooms from Toby Long Design and Frog Zero classrooms from Project Frog, and this Gen7 School from American Modular Systems is an interesting option to add to the mix.  The school is factory-built and delivered about 90% complete with an unbelievable 90-day turnaround.  AMS indicates that the Gen7 classroom could save owners ~$100,000 per year in direct costs *and* will come with a ton of green features:

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By |April 12th, 2010|Educational, Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments

Modern Green North House in Portland

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One home in this three-unit condominium building, The North House, is for sale right now on Vancouver Avenue in Portland, Oregon. The undeniably modern building was designed by William Kaven Architecture and includes reclaimed fir, radiant heat, dual-flush toilets, on-demand hot water, passive heating and cooling, rainscreen siding, and a good location near Mississippi Avenue and Williams Avenue.

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By |April 12th, 2010|Condo, Modern architecture|2 Comments

Platinum Near Net Zero Energy in VA

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By looking at the real estate listing for this home, you wouldn’t necessarily get the whole story.  This 3,600 square-foot house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, not to mention a wine cellar, media room, and detached two-car garage.  What you won’t see is that it’s also a low-energy home and vying for LEED Platinum certification — the highest designation available from the USGBC — according to the Washington Examiner.

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By |April 8th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|5 Comments

Marin Gets a Platinum Hillside House

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This home is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin, according to the Marin Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It was designed by SB Architects and built by McDonald Construction & Development, the same firm behind the LEED Platinum Margarido House.  The rich and contemporary residence spans four levels on a hill and incorporates a number of green elements, such as:

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By |April 7th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|9 Comments

Ultra Efficient, Affordable, and Platinum

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G•O Logic, a design-build collaboration of architect Matthew O’Malia and builder Alan Gibson, has been working on a prototype home with considerable aspirations.  When complete, Gibson and O’Malia hope the net-zero energy home receives both Passive House and LEED Platinum certification.  The Belfast home has about 1,500 square feet of space and could go on the market for a price as low as $225,000, according to The Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

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By |April 5th, 2010|LEED, Passive House, Single Family|7 Comments