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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By |January 20th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|10 Comments

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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By |January 19th, 2010|LEED, Townhouse|4 Comments

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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By |January 18th, 2010|Nature, Skyscraper|4 Comments

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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By |January 15th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Single Family|5 Comments

Huge Solar Rack Structure Installed in NJ

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A new solar racking structure — one of the largest continuous elevated solar racking structures in the country that spans the length of three football fields — was just completed for the Manheim Auto Auction in Bordentown, New Jersey.  Rated at 1 MW, the project includes 5,880 photovoltaic panels covering 104,000 square feet. 

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By |January 14th, 2010|Corporate, Solar|3 Comments

Affordable, Solar Powered, Eco Housing

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Part of an abandoned, former industrial site in Oakland is now Ironhorse at Central Station, a 99-unit affordable housing development.  Owned by Bridge Housing, designed by David Baker + Associates, and built by J.H. Fitzmaurice, the ~$41.4 million project includes one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for families with incomes ranging from $18,000 to $50,000.  Ironhorse is a fascinating display of green, affordable housing that's also solar-powered. 

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By |January 13th, 2010|Affordable, Multifamily, Solar|4 Comments