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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

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

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

The Ultimate Value Home

While the overall housing market remains sluggish across much of the country, builders are turning to products and systems that will give them an inch up on the competition until the market corrects itself. Basically, in terms of products and construction practices, anything green goes. But the NextGen Ultimate Value Home, displayed at the 2008 International Builders Show in Orlando this February, demonstrated an additional theme: that today’s green and efficient systems and products can add value to any home.

April 2008

The 21st Century Victorian Home

The driveway curls through the New Hampshire woods. As you near its end, the home’s Folk Victorian details come into focus — delicate trim along the top of two gabled dormers, carefully detailed pediments above windows and more accenting trim atop the porch rails.

February 2008

The Mainstream GreenHome

The Mainstream GreenHome should be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the residence with the most environmentally friendly features and products. Located on a one-third-acre lot in a conventional, established neighborhood in Raleigh, N.C., the home has the appearance of a traditional residence but uses less energy and water than a typical home, while also providing a healthier living environment.

December 2007

Green on a Budget

A green, energy-efficient home doesn't have to be expensive. That's the lesson behind a new home that has recently been completed in the Virginia mountain city of Roanoke.

Back in 2005, an international competition was held to find a home design that best followed the principles set out by the cradle to cradle philosophy, as envisioned by architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart.

October 2007
The New Southern Home

The New Southern Home

Preempting an initiative proposed recently by Florida governor Charlie Crist to increase the energy efficiency of new homes built in the state by 15 percent, the New Southern Home in Orlando goes beyond efficiency. At a whopping 12,200 square feet, the showcase house may seem to contradict many green concepts. However, it does feature some green materials and practices, as well as universal design, an innovative home automation system and architecture that's out of the area's vernacular.

October 2007
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