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Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum

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Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was designed by Rick Hauser of In.Site:Architecture to meet the client’s request for an energy-efficient house that utilized materials from a deteriorating barn for its structure and skin.

The main structural elements of the home were built using timber frames, while reclaimed barn siding served as the exterior skin. Salvaged barn framing was also used for flooring, ceilings, drywall, and decking.

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Blu® Homes Partners with Maui Contractor Cutting Edge Development to Bring Prefab Homes to Hawaii

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Award-winning architecturally designed prefab houses from Blu® Homes are now available in the Hawai‘i, thanks to their newly-formed partnership with Cutting Edge Development, the first of many partnerships in the works to expand into the Hawai‘i market. Read more »

Multi-Generational Retirement Home Combines Sustainability with Accessibility

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When young Alex Finnell was challenged by his parents to design an “age in place” home for them and his 95-year old grandmother, he set about helping them to achieve their goal of living in their own home late into their retirement years while being as safe, independent, and comfortable as possible.

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Cobblestone Homes and Dow Chemical Bring Energy Efficiency to Traditional Design with TEETH Project


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A couple of years ago, Michigan’s Cobblestone Homes partnered with Dow Chemical Company to collaborate on the InVision Zero house, a home that is entirely sustainable for its energy use while being affordable and attainable for many Americans.

The InVision Zero home showcased several Dow products including POWERHOUSE solar shingles, WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, walls that are filled with 5” of Dow closed-cell spray foam, one inch each of Dow Structural Insulating Sheathing (SIS) and Dow Tongue-and-Groove Styrofoam to ensure a complete thermal break, and triple-paned Paradigm windows.

The most recent collaboration between Dow and Cobblestone is the TEETH (Twelve Energy Efficient Test Homes) Project, a five-year energy efficiency study on twelve homes that have been recently built in a subdivision in Midland, Michigan.

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Grand Junction Federal Courthouse May Become First Net-Zero Building on U.S. National Register of Historic Places

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Recently rededicated following almost two years in construction, the 95-year old Wayne S. Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado has seen the last of its transformations by the U.S. General Services Administration. Building systems performance will be measured and verified against energy targets by project architect, Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL), for one year, beginning in April 2013, in hopes of achieving LEED Platinum status and becoming the National Register of Historic Places’ first net-zero-energy building.

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SOAK in a Pop-Up Spa Repurposed from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

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San Francisco startup, SOAK, inspired by Amsterdam saunas and dubbed, “an urban bathhouse for healthy hedonists,” has turned shipping containers into a spa that can be transported to any urban location.

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