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Energy-Efficient Home Remodel in Seattle

This is The Sentinel, a home that went through an efficiency renovation in Seattle.  The work was performed by Seattle-based Green Canopy Homes which takes existing homes in walkable neighborhoods and transforms them with high-performance upgrades and a touch of community design.  They all carry an Energy Performance Score and Built Green certification, and many of them have some geeky features like real-time energy monitoring, a digital homeowner’s manual, and on-site solar power.

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Musician’s Dwelling is Practically Modern

There’s some great green homes in Portland, including this one, the Musician’s Dwelling, which was included on the Build It Green! Home Tour in 2010.  Musician’s Dwelling was built through a collaboration between Departure Design and Hammer & Hand — like this ultra-efficient ADU — although the architect-owner assisted with this home.  Owners Connie and Morgan Curtis envisioned this as a place to make music and share art.

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Near NZE Malone Project in Portland

This is an eco-friendly home in the Portland area that’s owned by Mike and Virginia Malone.  Their 3,336-square-foot project was designed by DeBar Architecture and built by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes for an undisclosed amount with green elements such as rooftop solar, sustainably harvested wood, LED lighting, and a massive water catchment system.  Check out the unique interior below.

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Modern Infill Project is Healthy, Efficient

This is a project called Sustainable Stuart – the name comes from its location on Stuart Street – by Imagine Infill in Denver, Colorado.  It features two, attached, single-family homes, and we have pictures of one of the homes, 3288 Stuart.  3288 Stuart received LEED Gold, EPA Indoor AirPlus, and Energy Star certifications.

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Pure Salvage Tiny House for Living

This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet.  The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses.  So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.

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Traditional Style Passivhaus Built in Ohio

SmartHome Cleveland at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History opened for tours earlier this month, making it the only public Passive House in the country.  We previewed the ultra-efficient abode a few months back and can now supplement our earlier coverage with these interior and exterior photos.

SmartHome will blend in with its future neighborhood, but don’t be fooled.  This home is different than most new and existing homes.  This home represents the future of energy-efficient housing and it will be open for visits through the end of this year, 2011.

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