Tag: sustainable design

Buyers Remorse for a Green Home?

While green design is touted across the design and build spectrum as the wave of the future, the real proof is in the proverbial pudding; it’s only in the last decade that homeowners have had the chance to evaluate whether their decision to build – or buy – a green home was worth the extra […]

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Bricks: The Evolution of the World's Building Blocks

Bricks are a staple construction material the world over. The first bricks were made using clay and/or whatever dirt was available, forming the materials into the desired shape and size, and then drying or “baking” them in the sun. Today, most western bricks are made from a combination of clay and shale, which is shaped […]

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Affordable Net-Zero Energy Homes?!

Does the term “affordable net-zero energy home” seem like an oxymoron to you? Don’t be afraid to be green!¬†One of the drawbacks to green design is that it can be more costly than traditional design and build methods. Fortunately, we know that the payback time for green initiatives is getting shorter and shorter as technology […]

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The 2013 Solar Decathlon

What do Team Austria, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Czech Technical University and Stanford have in common? They were all top placing colleges in the Solar Decathlon 2013, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The competition is open to collegiate teams across the globe and their mission is to design and build a solar […]

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Making Green Homes Afforable from PreFab to Custom

If you live in Boston, you know the toll utility bills take in peak summer/winter months. Ouch! So what if we said you can build an affordable custom home with a green design? It would be worthy of awards from sustainable housing organizations like LEED and Passive House, and cost just $110 per sq. ft. […]

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Contemporary Green Home Design

Sycamore House, home of architect Michael Kovac, is an great example of contemporary green design. The home is simultaneously a showpiece, a living space, and a laboratory for all that’s relevant in sustainable living practices. Architect Michael Kovac’s Sycamore House is a Laboratory for Green Design Sycamore House is built in the hills of Pacific […]

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