New Passive House in North Carolina

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Update 3/31/2011: The First Passive House in North Carolina.

Recently we caught wind of a Passive House under construction in North Carolina. Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant, along with his company Anchorage Building Corporation, the contractor, sent us these media files and a note that the home will be on the Raleigh area NAHB National Green Building Home Tour on May 15 and 22.

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By |May 13th, 2010|Passive House|4 Comments

Green Prefab Home Planned for NYC

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New World Home brings modular technology and sustainability to traditional home design, and, as far as traditional is concerned, these homes are quite nice.  So when you think about it, the collaboration between Country Living magazine and New World Home is perfect. 

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By |May 7th, 2010|News, Prefab|4 Comments

German Prefab Shipping to the States

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German HUF Haus makes these beautiful, modern, post-and-beam homes through precision engineering and factory manufacturing.  The homes are expensive but a HUF house is energy efficient, spacious, and high tech.  HUF is a unique participant in the green prefab world with their signature floor-to-ceiling windows and clean lines.

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By |May 6th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab|15 Comments

Nine Green Home Projects to Do Today

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Eric Corey Freed, architect and principal of Organic Architect, has a new book in stores this month — Green$ense for the Home — and Allison Arieff was able to pry a list out of Freed of simple green home projects for renters and homeowners.  This is the low-hanging fruit, to use the proverbial phrase, but that doesn't mean there's no impact or benefit.  To paraphrase Freed’s responses to Arieff, here are the nine green projects:

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By |April 30th, 2010|Lists, News|2 Comments

Reclaimed Space Prefab Sent to Marfa

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Last time we mentioned Reclaimed Space, the company had just finished selling a small home on eBay for about $75,100 (after a bidding war involving several celebrities).  But business is good for the Austin-based company that builds homes out of materials reclaimed from deconstructed homes and old projects.  This home was recently delivered to its owners and will be used as a custom sewing space in Marfa, Texas.

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By |April 28th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments

Seeking Existing Home Energy Efficiency

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Older homes frequently aren't very energy efficient because power used to be extremely cheap and building codes varied widely. In mild climates, that tended to happen even more. Our home in Oakland was built in 1948 and was far from energy efficient when we bought it: single-pane windows and doors, some of which didn't close well; original floor furnace; no insulation in the ceiling or walls; drafty fireplace.

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By |April 28th, 2010|Energy Efficiency|3 Comments