World Record Set for Tightest Residential Building

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Earlier this year, the World Record Academy awarded a home in Dillingham, Alaska with the record for the Tightest Residential Building.

In a video that documents the blower door test, the home’s owners and residents, Dr. Tom Marsik and Kristin Donalson, who designed and built the extremely insulated building, explain their motivation to push the limits of green building methods. The blower door test, which used a special attachment to get the most accurate reading, pressurized the building and then measured the flow that was needed to maintain the difference in pressure from the outside.

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By |May 18th, 2013|Energy Efficiency|6 Comments

Carbon-Neutral Queensland Beachfront Home is New Face of Tropical Off-Grid Architecture

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Designed by Charles Wright Architects to satisfy a desire for a carbon-neutral home, the Stamp House is located on the edge of the beachfront rainforest in Far North Queensland (FNQ), Australia, a region that includes over seventy national parks and contributes up to AU$700 million annually in agricultural products that include sugar cane, bananas, mangoes, and coffee.

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By |May 16th, 2013|Green Building|8 Comments

It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA: Recycled Shipping Containers to Prevent Homelessness in East London

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A shortage of affordable housing in London has led to an increase in the number of homeless people on city streets, as young people who lose their supported accommodation benefits when securing full-time employment often can not afford deposits for affordable flat rentals.

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By |May 16th, 2013|CONTAINER HOMES|0 Comments

How to Increase Home Energy Efficiency with Interior Sliding Glass Doors

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There’s no question that the use of glass in interior design can add a stunning visual element, but did you know that interior sliding glass doors can contribute to the energy efficiency of your home? In addition to allowing living spaces to be closed off when not in use to save on energy costs, glass doors can permit the flow of natural daylight and improve overall living quality of your home.

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By |May 13th, 2013|LEED|5 Comments

Venice Yin Yang Solar-Powered House is 2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Winner

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Located in Venice, California and designed by Brooks + Scarpa, the Yin Yang home provides private living spaces for a family that includes several children along with commercial office space for its owners and recently made the top ten list of Green Projects as compiled by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).

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By |May 12th, 2013|Green Building|4 Comments

Missouri Smith Residence is First Active House in the USA

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A new, green, custom home that has been built in Webster Grove, Missouri, is the work of Active House USA, a team of designers, builders, and materials manufacturers who are pooling their experience in environmentally conscious and sustainable building practices to construct homes around the world that utilize their Active House specifications, which combine focus on energy efficiency, healthy indoor climate, and minimal impact on the environment. To date, Active Houses are located in Portugal, Austria, Norway, UK, Italy, Netherlands, and Russia. The Webster Grove residence for the Smith family is the first Active House to be built in the United States and recently held its first open house.

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By |May 9th, 2013|Strategies|4 Comments