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1970s Home Goes Net Zero

Oct 26, 2008 | Boulder, Colorado

Intensive renovation has made this modest ranch house in the suburbs of Boulder, Colorado, an example of what all green builders strive for — a net zeroProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. Calculating net-zero energy can be difficult, particularly in grid-tied renewable energy systems, because of transmission losses in power lines and other considerations. energy home. Changes include an extreme insulation retrofit, a 6kW photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. array installed on the roof, and an evacuated-tube solar hot water system.

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Green Neighborhood in North Carolina

Oct 15, 2008 | Durham, North Carolina

Twenty-two homes in a cluster made for walking

Eno Commons takes the idea of green homebuilding to another level — the community level. The Durham, North Carolina, project includes 22 energy-efficient homes that, in accordance with the community concept at the heart of Eno Commons, encircle a comfortable walking path while car traffic and parking are kept to the perimeter.

 

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LEED-Platinum House in a Warm Climate

Oct 15, 2008 | Weatherford, Texas

This striking contemporary home is a model of sustainability on a budget

This north-Texas contemporary home earned the third-ever 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. Platinum certification — but it could possibly share the award. The design of the LEED-H pilot home was inspired by architect Gary Olp's own energy-efficient house. Heather Ferrier, general manager for Ferrier Custom Homes, fell in love with Gary's place and enlisted him to rework the design into an affordable, comfortable, and sustainable home for her.

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Timber-Frame House is LEED-Platinum and NAHB-Gold

Oct 12, 2008 | Dexter, Michigan

Alternative Energy and a Tight Envelope Earn High Marks

Bob Burnside's home is also the headquarters and showcase house for his company, Fireside Home Construction. The custom timber-frame house received the first LEEDLeadership 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. Platinum certification in Michigan. It also earned a 2008 NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification. Energy Value House Award (Gold level) and an Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. rating (five stars). The awards are proof that Burnside built it "as a model of the best that we can do." For the 12 years that he has been a home builder, he has approached every home that way.

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