Located in Yamhill County, Oregon, the Karuna House is a recently completed collaboration from Holst Architecture and Hammer & Hand builders. Utilizing an extremely high performance building envelope and solar design, the net zero energy home is the first one to achieve all three top green building certifications.
The Castaway III home in Palm Harbor, Florida is a net zero energy showcase of extreme energy efficiency. It also happens to be an amazingly plush, luxurious home. Castaway III is the latest creation from Florida developer Marc Rutenberg, and it’s the model for his proposed Zero Energy America Village housing development.
We’ve all heard of LEED when it comes to green building certification, but a lesser-known set of guidelines is going strong in the Southeastern United States. The Earthcraft designation overlaps with Energy Star guidelines, and incorporates building practices optimized for the climate and environment of the Southeast.
Some of this week’s top news from the world of green building and sustainable design. The Business Case for Green Building from World Green Building Council World GBC report highlights several benefits green buildings offer various stakeholders throughout a building’s life cycle. NYSERDA Offering Low-Income NYC Residents Energy-Efficient Building Assistance New York State Energy […]
Traditional demolition can be extremely wasteful, so we’re a huge fan of deconstruction to preserve reusable materials. Massachusetts-based EcoBuilding Bargains is a unique business that cuts construction waste and saves money for customers, by offering both deconstruction services and a retail outlet for all those reclaimed building materials.
A high-quality polyurethane finish is the key to preserving wood furniture and floors. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based products (and even many water-based finishes) contain some pretty nasty chemicals. Produced in Vermont using whey protein from the dairy industry, PolyWhey is a natural, safe, and durable alternative to these toxic finishes.