Prefab ecoMOD Project Wins 2013 R+D Award for Affordable Housing
Aug30

Prefab ecoMOD Project Wins 2013 R+D Award for Affordable Housing

One of eight winners of the 2013 R D Awards that were presented by ARCHITECT magazine, the ecoMOD Project is an effort of project teams at the University of Virginia (UVa) to work with affordable housing organization in the creation of low-impact, energy-efficient housing units. Project teams are made up of UVa faculty and students of [...] One of eight winners of the 2013 R D Awards that were presented by ARCHITECT magazine, the...

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Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum
Aug30

Net Zero BARNagain Uses Reclaimed Barn Wood to Achieve LEED Platinum

Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was designed by Rick Hauser of In.Site:Architecture to meet the client’s request for an energy-efficient house that utilized materials from a deteriorating barn for its structure and skin. The main structural elements of the home were built using timber frames, while reclaimed barn siding served as the exterior skin. [...] Dubbed BARNagain,  this LEED Platinum-certified home was...

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Natasha Ashton: Movin’ On Up: How to Prepare Pets for Relocation

While it may take time to adjust, showing your pet that your love is consistent will go a long way toward making a new house — or office! — feel like home. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” It seems I remind myself of his wise words constantly these days while overseeing everything from final construction to...

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Grand Junction Federal Courthouse May Become First Net-Zero Building on U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Aug08

Grand Junction Federal Courthouse May Become First Net-Zero Building on U.S. National Register of Historic Places

Recently rededicated following almost two years in construction, the 95-year old Wayne S. Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado has seen the last of its transformations by the U.S. General Services Administration. Building systems performance will be measured and verified against energy targets by project architect, Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL), for one [...] Recently rededicated following almost two...

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Kumar Renovation Overlooks San Francisco Bay Through Energy-Efficient Windows
Aug08

Kumar Renovation Overlooks San Francisco Bay Through Energy-Efficient Windows

The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for living and entertaining. Now at 3,000 square feet, the 1950’s era ranch home that is located in a suburban cul de sac in the hills of Belmont, California is [...] The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for...

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Solar Power: The Hottest New Thing For Homeowners

Ben Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of… Ben Kunz wanted to do “the green thing” and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Connecticut, he leased one. “I thought it was a pretty good deal,” he said. “I lean a little...

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