Zero Home is First in Utah to Receive DOE Challenge Home Status

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Designed by KTGY Group Architecture + Planning, the Zero Home is located in Garbett Home’s Bellasol community that is part of Rosecrest, a master-planned community in which Garbett has seventeen lots and an option for an additional fifteen lots. Smarthome technologies are provided by Vivint in partnership with Garbett Homes to bring affordable green living to more Americans.


By |August 14th, 2013|Energy Efficiency|3 Comments

Halls Ridge Knoll Guest House Sets High Standards for 2013 AIA Housing Awards


Halls-Ridge-Knoll-Guest-House-12Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the Halls Ridge Knoll Guest House has won the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Housing Award in the One and Two Family Custom category.

With details of glass, timber, and stone that is responsive to the surrounding hillside, this guesthouse is one element in a vacation retreat that is located on a former cattle ranch in the Santa Lucia Preserve near Carmel, California. Additional structures on the retreat include the main residence and a workshop.


By |August 12th, 2013|Passive House|2 Comments

Kumar Renovation Overlooks San Francisco Bay Through Energy-Efficient Windows


The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for living and entertaining. Now at 3,000 square feet, the 1950’s era ranch home that is located in a suburban cul de sac in the hills of Belmont, California is a modern, contemporary residence with European sensibilities and sustainable features.


By |August 7th, 2013|Renovation|0 Comments

Grand Junction Federal Courthouse May Become First Net-Zero Building on U.S. National Register of Historic Places


Recently rededicated following almost two years in construction, the 95-year old Wayne S. Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado has seen the last of its transformations by the U.S. General Services Administration. Building systems performance will be measured and verified against energy targets by project architect, Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL), for one year, beginning in April 2013, in hopes of achieving LEED Platinum status and becoming the National Register of Historic Places’ first net-zero-energy building.


By |August 7th, 2013|LEED|0 Comments

Park Passive is First Certified Passive House in Seattle


Attendees of the 2013 Explore Design Home Tour, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle, will get up close and personal with Park Passive, one of seven homes on the Tour and the first home in Seattle to be designated as a Passive House in accordance with the requirements set by Passive House Academy as authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Passivhaus sets international standards for a certification program by which ultra-low energy buildings are evaluated.


By |August 5th, 2013|Passive House|3 Comments

San Francisco Exploratorium Shoots for LEED Gold and the World’s Largest Net-Zero Museum


The historic Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco, California, has been working on its $300 million project to relocate from the Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15 and 17 at the heart of the Bay Area’s waterfront Embarcadero. It is the first major development to be undertaken on the waterfront since the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark was built over a decade ago.


By |July 29th, 2013|LEED|1 Comment