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Modern Prototype Passivhaus in Syracuse

This is R-House, a recently built prototype home in Syracuse that is pursuing both Passive House and LEED certification.  It was recently honored with a 2011 AIA Housing Award, and one of the jurors said the 1,100 square-foot home presents “A new slant on sustainability!”  R-House was designed in partnership by Della Valle Bernheimer and Architecture Research Office and is an interesting case study for the next generation of smaller, greener, ultra-low energy homes.

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Energy Audits May Be a Tough Sell [Survey]

Harris Interactive surveyed 3,171 adults during the week of Valentines, February 14 – February 21, and asked them all sort of questions about energy, energy efficiency, and power sources. I found some surprising information in the results — i.e., 56% of Americans have never heard the term “smart grid.” Perhaps even more astonishing, only 11% of American have conducted a home energy evaluation or home energy audit.

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The First Passive House in New York

Perhaps you’ve seen renderings of the Hudson Passive Project among trees in the middle of a scenic green field.  The project was designed by New York-based Dennis Wedlick Architect LLC, and it just so happens that construction is all complete.  Certification paperwork is all in order, and this is officially the first certified Passive House in the state of New York.  It’s also one of the highest performing homes in the country.

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The Pyramid of New Water Sources

Today is World Water Day and it just so happens that Jerry Yudelson, noted green building authority and author, has released a new conceptual tool to help people understand where water will come from in the future.  The tool mimics the popular Pyramid of Conservation used by Minnesota Power and explains water sourcing in ten increasingly expensive and complex steps.

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Living in a Zero-Waste Home [Video]

The Johnsons, a four-person family in Mill Valley, California, have been called “extreme,” “austere,” and “OCD,” by some onlookers. But I appreciate what they’re trying to do. The family has been on a trash diet to completely eliminate garbage and waste. In fact, they only produced two handfuls of trash in a year, according to Sunset Magazine!

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Prairie Style Remodel Earns Green Award

This whole-home remodel by Renewal Design-Build is the recipient of several awards, including a regional CotY award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a Chrysalis Award for Best Green Remodeling Project.  Located in Decatur, Georgia, the original 1930s, 900 square-foot home was mostly deconstructed to the foundation and a new, 2,100 square-foot home was built from the salvaged materials.

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