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.
In a couple recent articles, we’ve looked at the water- and money-saving potential of dual-flush toilets and low flush designs. But now Texas-based Niagara Conservation has taken water conservation to the next level with an ultra high-efficiency toilet that’s extremely quiet, and doesn’t sacrifice any flushing performance.
Sometimes the simple solution is a good one. Whole-house efficiency renovations aren’t always practical in the short term, so remember that simple retrofits can be another effective solution. Water-conserving fixtures are great for drastically reducing water use and energy consumption, and these low-flow shower heads actually add a “splash” of luxury to your home.