Archive for November, 2011

GreenPoint Home Rating System Becoming More Popular

The state of California has it’s own green home rating system; it’s called GreenPoint and Built It Green has recently announced it has reached the 10,000 certified houses milestone. Leed, Energy Star, Net Zero Energy, PassivHaus, earth Advantage – these are the most popular eco-friendly home rating systems, but Built It Green’s GreenPoint is quickly […]

Can Cover It – An Innovative Solution to Insulate Recessive Lighting Spaces

Non-insulation contact recessive lighting has been a tough issue to solve for some time now, but “Can Cover It” might just be that cost-effective efficient fix we’ve been waiting for. If you’ve ever tried insulating an older house, then you’ve surely been confronted with plugging the spaces around non-insulation contact recessive lighting. That’s almost impossible […]

Teen Builds Tiny Sustainable House in His Parents’ Backyard

At only 16 years old Austin Hay, from Sonoma County, California, is already building his own sustainable house, and at little over 130 square feet it fits right in his parents’backyard. Hay says he was inspired to build his own house by a school project for which he had to research something he was interested […]

Passive House US Introduces New PHIUS+ Certification

A new certification combining the Passive House standard with the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index might change the way Passive Houses are designed and built in the United States. According to Katrin Klingenberg, cofounder and executive director of Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), the new standard, called PHIUS+, will make Passive House buildings more […]

Karuna House Plans to Test LEED, Passivhaus and Minergie-ECO Certification Compatibility

Oregon-based developer Hammer & Hand is currently working on the Karuna House, a project which aims to get certified for three of the most important “green” standards – LEED, Passivhaus and Minergie-P-ECO. Currently under construction in yamhill County, on a perch overlooking Willamette Valley,the Karuna House plans to “study to shed light on the ways […]

Sustainable Home Upgrades Boost Selling Price

Recent studies have shown that sustainable home upgrades like photovoltaic panels, Energy Star appliances and even low VOC paints can really boost a property’s bottom line and convince a buyer when compared to other conventional homes. According to research conducted by the Earth Advantage Institute, homes with third-party green certifications can sell for up to […]

Earth Advantage Certified Project Is More Than Just an Accessory Dwelling Unit

Accessory dwelling units have always been pretty sustainable – they’re small, located in friendly neighborhoods, generally in walking distance of parks, schools, shops and means of transit – but if you also make them “green’, then you have really created something special. ADUs, also known as Backyard Cottages or Granny Flats, are secondary living units […]

Homeowner Turns 1910 Farmhouse into the First Passive House in Idaho

Vic Webber, a former Navy pilot turned passive house design consultant, is working hard to turn his family’s 1910 farmhouse into the first passive house in the state of Idaho. From the outside, Vic Webber’s house in Fairfield, Idaho looks like any other farmhouse in the area, but on the inside it’s undergoing a serious […]

1930s Permaculture House Becomes Self-Sufficient Homestead

A 1930s Clacton house has recently been included in a network of eco-friendly permaculture homes, after its owner spent several years turning it into a modern sustainable residence. Permaculture is all about developing sustainable ways of living, including producing your own energy and growing your own food.¬†Chris Southall, a former member of the Tendering Eco […]

Electronics Company Builds High-Tech Zero Energy Home

SoundVision, an electronics systems company in Marin County, California has invested in a groundbreaking housing project dubbed “The Zero Energy Home“. With the support of other green-oriented businesses like¬†Mahoney Architects, Anna Kondolf Lighting Design and sunfirst! Solar, SoundVision made sure the components of their sustainable house included renewable energy technology, energy conservation materials and systems, […]