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Archive of: Green Building

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Recyclable Homes

Each year, more than 100 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris are sent to landfills in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

November 2008

Burnside's Inn: A Model Green Home

When it comes to building homes, Bob Burnside sees shades of green.

November 2008

Florida Natural

Builder J.P. McClellan, based on Amelia Island in northeast Florida, recently completed construction on the first eco-friendly, Energy Star certified residence at the Amelia Park development, where he has overseen construction of more than 200 homes since the community’s founding 10 years ago.

November 2008

A Minneapolis Green Remodel

Peter Lytle has always been interested in sustainable building. While growing up in the 1950s, he was inspired by the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. More recently, he founded Live Green Live Smart, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based educational organization that promotes green building practices. It should come as no surprise, then, that Lytle would become the first in the nation to complete a remodeling project that received Platinum-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green rating system.

November 2008

Green Rebuilding in New Orleans

To get to the Lower Ninth Ward, you must successfully negotiate a series of obstacles.

November 2008

Sustainable in the City

Three years ago, Seattle-based builder and remodeler Sloan Ritchie founded Cascade Built, a green construction company, with the goal of creating contemporary, sustainable urban homes.

November 2008

Portland's Floating Solar Home

When my wife Kathryn and I decided to build our next home, we had a number of design objectives. Our primary goal was to build a home that would come as close as practical to net-zero energy performance. Net-zero is the concept that a home produces as much energy as it consumes. The vast majority of existing homes — more than 98 percent — produce no energy or minimal energy for space heating and cooling, water heating and various electricity demands.

August 2008

Growing a Green Home

Linda Lessner describes herself, her husband Michael and their four children as “central Austin folk.” And being that green building has been central to Austin for more than 20 years, it’s little surprise that the Lessner’s home is in all probability the greenest one on their block.

June 2008

High-Performance Prefabs

The one shining light in the real estate industry these days seems to be in green construction. Today it is far more chic to say your house is green than to mention you have granite countertops in the kitchen. Many homeowners are foregoing traditional materials like granite for more renewable or recycled options, and replacing wasteful heating and cooling systems with energy-efficient ones.

June 2008

Taking the LEED

Homebuyers no longer have to become instant experts to find homes with high efficiency and environmental performance. Certification labels like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) help consumers understand a home’s actual environmental content, and guide professional builders in designing green, efficient homes.

June 2008
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