Net-Zero Energy Home in Cupertino

Earth Bound Homes is involved with several ultra-green homes and this one in California deserves a mention.  It was designed by Bill Leddy, LMS Architects, and built by Earth Bound Homes for David and Stephania Kaneda, receiving a Green Point Rated score of 268 and LEED Platinum certification.

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By |January 5th, 2011|LEED, Single Family|0 Comments

How to Clean Up a Broken CFL Bulb

A few days after Christmas, the EPA issued updated guidance on how to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamp (“CFL”) bulb.  CFLs are made with a small amount of mercury that can be released as vapor when broken.  That vapor is a health risk, although the EPA still encourages the use of CFLs to save energy and reduce GHG emissions.  Here’s an outline of the EPA’s CFL cleanup guidance:
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By |January 4th, 2011|Air Quality, News|4 Comments

LEED Platinum Gut Rehab in Chicago

This is the Helenowski Residence, a gut-rehab in Chicago that achieved the highest LEED for Homes point total ever with 119 points, according to LEED for Homes provider Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.  The 3,300 square-foot renovation achieved an impressive HERS rating of 13 and is net-zero energy with the help of rooftop solar power and a vertical axis wind turbine.

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By |December 29th, 2010|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|20 Comments

19 Stunning Platinum Projects of 2010

In the past year, we’ve discussed several certified green projects but here’s the creme of the crop, 19 LEED Platinum ones.  These projects, mostly homes, all vary — new, old, big, small, modern, traditional, single family, multifamily, certified, pending.  Long story short, LEED Platinum, although difficult to attain, is where it’s at.  If you’re going to pay for certification, why go for anything less than the best?!

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By |December 29th, 2010|LEED, Lists|4 Comments

Platinum Modern Prefab Drops in Seattle

Greenfab, developer of well-designed, sustainable homes, just installed six modules in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle for what’s expected to be the city’s first LEED Platinum modular home.  The demonstration home is owned by Robert Humble of HyBrid, project architect and general contractor, and will target net-zero energy and Built Green 5-Star certification.

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By |December 20th, 2010|LEED, Prefab|7 Comments

Bastyr Platinum Project Gets Top Award

Bastyr University‘s new student village was named Outstanding Multifamily Project of 2010 by the USGBC.  Located north of Seattle in Kenmore, the 11-building project was designed by CollinsWoerman and earned LEED Platinum certification.  It’s estimated to save about 34% on energy costs, as compared to a non-green, similar project, and houses 132 students.

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By |December 18th, 2010|LEED, Multifamily|2 Comments