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Green Remodel of a Midcentury Kitchen

Apr 17, 2009 | Alexandria, Virginia

After 10 years of working around the shortcomings of this 1950s kitchen, the owners felt it was time to change the room to meet their needs.

sustainable materials in a modern kitchen

Oregon Solar Cottage Shares a Ground-Source Heat Pump with Its Neighbors

Apr 12, 2009 | Salem, Oregon

This small house on reclaimed institutional grounds in Salem, Oregon, is just the first of many to come in a project that puts equal importance on energy efficiency, environmental conservation, and quality of life.

Subtle but important changes

An Old House Gets a Superinsulation Retrofit

Apr 5, 2009 | Arlington, Massachusetts

What started out as a relatively straightforward re-siding project on this 80-year-old duplex in Arlington, Mass., ultimately evolved into part of an ambitious superinsulation pilot program for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the regional utility company, NSTAR.

Sustainable home in rural Maine

Sustainable Spec House in Coastal Maine Grabs LEED's Highest Rating

Mar 30, 2009 | Freeport, Maine

The LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. pilot program was just getting started when Wright-Ryan Construction decided to build a spec house as a sort of green-building immersion course for its staff.

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