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Sunverge Powers a Net-Zero LEED Project

Sunverge has released a new Solar Integration System (SIS) package containing an inverter and battery storage unit to complement the standard residential solar PV array.  Brought to the market in February 2011, this new offering will give homeowners the opportunity to attain reliable net-zero energy status and eliminate reliance on the grid.

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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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USGBC Pilots Wood Certification Options

Once again, there is discussion in the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) to allow other wood certifying organizations to have a place within the LEED guidelines for green construction. The new Pilot Credit 43 [PDF] for certified products would allow several wood certifications — e.g., Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, American Tree Farm — to contribute to a point under the trial credit.

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Certified Homes Yield a Price Premium

In 2007, the Portland Regional Multiple Listing Service (“RMLS”) began tracking sales of homes with a green certification such as Energy Star, LEED for Homes, or Earth Advantage New Homes. The Earth Advantage Institute, an Oregon-based non-profit doing work in the green building sector, annually reviews this information in order to glean home valuation trends.

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C3: First Modular Green Home in Chicago

I recently noticed this time-lapse video of C3, the first, green, modular home in Chicago, so I decided it was time to update our coverage of the project.  The five-module home was designed by Square Root Architecture + Design, and general contractor Helios Design + Build ensured a smooth assembly in one day on November 9, 2010.  After some site work, the owners are now finishing the landscaping for final images.  But we have some early photos of the completed home.

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Off-Grid NZE Mountain Cabin in Colorado

There’s some interesting history to this net-zero energy home in Lenado, Colorado.  Apparently, a “cranky,” gun-totting squatter named Jack Hogue, or “Lumber Jack,” built a cabin and bathhouse near the top of Woody Creek and took title by adverse possession in the 1990s, after 17 years.  Branden Cohen and Deva Shantay of True Nature Healing Arts bought the place from Lumber Jack and improved it, but at 8,650 feet in elevation, it turns out they needed, among other things, a bathroom *in* the home, not out.

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