Net-Zero Energy Tiny House in Berkeley

This Berkeley tiny house has been getting a fair amount of attention recently.  Built by New Avenue, Inc., the 420 square-foot backyard cottage is spacious enough to include a living room, kitchen, dining area, loft, and bathroom.  It was built for $98,000, which includes all the bells and whistles one could ask for in any home regardless of size.

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By |January 14th, 2011|Single Family|21 Comments

Platinum Gut Rehab Hits the Market

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification.  It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power.  But there’s really a lot more to it.  This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.

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By |January 13th, 2011|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|7 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

Large Luxury Home Earns LEED Platinum

This month 37 Parkside Avenue in Southampton – the HGA House – received LEED Platinum certification with a sizable 104 points.  Sadly to say, it was built after David and Saundra Dubin’s original home was destroyed in a fire a couple years ago.  The green home is nicely done, traditional, and wired up with all sorts of green gadgetry, perhaps showing folks in the jumbo luxury market what it takes to secure LEED Platinum certification.

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By |December 16th, 2010|Single Family, Solar|6 Comments

Interview with a Passive House Owner

Rebecca Guymon and Joe Turner are the owners of Breezeway House – the first certified Passive House in Utah and in the western United States.  They’re unique because only a handful of these ultra-insulated, airtight, low-energy homes exist in the United States.  So I asked Turner to share his experience building and living in a Passive House and he was kind enough to respond.  This is mandatory reading for anyone interested in owning a Passive House.

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By |December 14th, 2010|Interview, Passive House|14 Comments