Solar Sufficient LEED Home in Houston

This self-sufficient home took a 2010 Evergreen Award from Eco-structure in the Greenhouse category and features some impressive, green elements.  Built in Houston for owners Daniel and Adele Hedges, the home – referred to as Virginia Point – is net-zero energy, near net-zero water, and the first home in Houston to receive LEED Platinum certification.


By |December 6th, 2010|Single Family, Solar|0 Comments

The Nation’s First WaterSense Homes


KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California.  What’s noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they’re the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label.  And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so.


By |December 3rd, 2010|News, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Element Prefab Installed in Long Island


Blu Homes recently installed and completed this factory-built home for two professors in Long Island.  It’s based on the Element line, which is basically the same model used to build this Rhode Island retreat that we mentioned previously.  Maura McCarthy, co-founder of Blu Homes, told me in an email that steel frame construction helped the permitting process because the site is in a 120 mph wind zone near the ocean.


By |November 25th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|0 Comments

Low-Impact Green Duplex in Portland


You probably heard about the new Passive House Alliance and the election of Sam Hagerman, Hammer & Hand, as president of the alliance.  This company is behind some impressive green projects, including an interesting home renovation in Portland.  Zack Semke, Director of Evangelism and Evolution at Hammer & Hand, said Twin Studios tells a “unique Portland story of micro-community-renewal and ‘upcycling’ of a marginal structure into a beautiful, low-impact, green duplex.


By |November 12th, 2010|Multifamily|1 Comment

m2 Green Prefab from Method Homes


It’s been a while since we last mentioned Method Homes, but the company has built a number of green prefabs recently that deserve some mention.  Last December, the company installed this modern modular home, referred to as m2, on a picturesque mountain site in Glacier, Washington.


By |November 11th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments

Audits, Loans, and a Home Energy Score


Today Joe Biden and the Obama Administration unveiled a new program with low-cost energy audits, federally-insured PowerSaver loans, and a new Home Energy Score, according to Wendy Koch of the USA Today.  Details of the program are available now at, which includes an interactive graphic explaining the new score based on a 1 to 10 scale.


By |November 9th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Government, News|2 Comments