Green Inside and Out in the Valley

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This modern home, designed by David Wick of Wick Architecture and Design, sits on a narrow urban lot in San Fernando Valley.  Energy Star and Build It Green certified, the 4,000 square foot residence was built with an ICF basement, FSC certified wood framing, radiant barrier roof paneling, low-VOC caulks and sealants, a cool roof, a permeable driveway, and cedar siding that also provides some shading. 

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By |April 13th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|1 Comment

Platinum Near Net Zero Energy in VA

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By looking at the real estate listing for this home, you wouldn’t necessarily get the whole story.  This 3,600 square-foot house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, not to mention a wine cellar, media room, and detached two-car garage.  What you won’t see is that it’s also a low-energy home and vying for LEED Platinum certification — the highest designation available from the USGBC — according to the Washington Examiner.

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By |April 8th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|5 Comments

Marin Gets a Platinum Hillside House

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This home is the first LEED Platinum home in Marin, according to the Marin Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It was designed by SB Architects and built by McDonald Construction & Development, the same firm behind the LEED Platinum Margarido House.  The rich and contemporary residence spans four levels on a hill and incorporates a number of green elements, such as:

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By |April 7th, 2010|LEED, Single Family|9 Comments

Ideabox Launches Urban Series Prefabs

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It seems like the winter is when prefab companies tinker with offerings.  For example, Blu Homes just launched Evolution, Rocio Romero launched the stackable LV2, PieceHomes launched extraPieces, and LivingHomes launched wood frame construction nationally.  Ideabox, an Oregon-based prefab company that recently launched the new Fortino, is revamping their lineup with the new Urban Series. 

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By |April 6th, 2010|Prefab|3 Comments

Ultra Efficient, Affordable, and Platinum

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G•O Logic, a design-build collaboration of architect Matthew O’Malia and builder Alan Gibson, has been working on a prototype home with considerable aspirations.  When complete, Gibson and O’Malia hope the net-zero energy home receives both Passive House and LEED Platinum certification.  The Belfast home has about 1,500 square feet of space and could go on the market for a price as low as $225,000, according to The Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

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By |April 5th, 2010|LEED, Passive House, Single Family|7 Comments

First LEED Platinum Home in Fort Worth

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This new home is the first and only LEED Platinum home in Fort Worth, Texas.  Designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects, the minimalist home occupies an infill lot in the Ryan Place neighborhood and features an abundance of green features, such as fiber cement siding, natural daylighting, Energy Star windows and doors, and xeriscaping.

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By |April 2nd, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|5 Comments