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Tiny Alternative Dwelling in Portland

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This home, The Don Vardo, was built by a tiny house construction company in Oregon called Portland Alternative Dwellings.  PAD is selling The Don Vardo for $22,000, which includes a desk, kitchen nook, pull-out double bed, and radiant heat floors.  Built on a 7×10-foot trailer, the portable home is fully insulated, road tested, and comes with reclaimed Douglas fir doors, rain screen cedar siding, a PaperStone desk, an LED rope-light, salvaged cabinets and a sink, and efficient double-hung windows.  There is no toilet or shower, though. 

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Literally Green and Net-Zero Energy

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Putney School, a prep boarding school for grades 9-12, needed a field house and retained Maclay Architects to design a green one.  Literally.  The ~$5 million green building is one of only a few net-zero energy buildings of its kind.  It's also a contender for LEED Platinum certification and boasts a number of impressive green elements.   

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Off-Grid Prefab zeroHouse Now Ready!

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Two years ago, the zeroHouse hit the internet like a tornado.  Now, Specht Harpman, the firm that designed the off-grid, modular, tiny house, is looking for a "visionary" to finance the construction of the prototype at something in the range of $300,000 to $350,000.  The good news comes from the American-Statesman, which recently reported that the design is "shovel-ready." 

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1850s Rowhouse Now Carbon Neutral!

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In the heart of Capitol Hill — just a few blocks from the nation's capitol — is this newly renovated gem.  GreenSpur, a design and build firm, found the dilapidated eyesore and decided to overhaul it into a carbon neutral showcase. The aim was to show that an energy-efficient home powered with cutting edge green systems and green power can be a net neutral producer of carbon. 

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High-Rise Rehab with a Huge Green Wall

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A solar and wind powered green substation isn't the only project in Portland to receive federal funds.  The Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building is getting well over a $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate all aspects of the building.  The most noticeable change will be a vast wall of greenery covering the westerly facade.  

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Old and New in a Zero Energy Casita

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Recently, we had to opportunity to talk with Don Ferrier about the progress of a home called the Zero Energy Casita.  Ferrier, president of Ferrier Custom Homes, started building earth-sheltered homes 25 years ago and has the distinct accomplishment of building the first LEED Platinum home in Texas.  In this net zero energy beauty, Ferrier is building a home that generates as much energy in the course of a year as it consumes. 

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