Green Projects

A compilation of green projects, ideas, and best practices for residential builders and remodelers.


Mark Turner

Founder and Owner



A builder's new ideas for tackling sourcing, sustainability, and other industry challenges


All surfaces of this home in Maine were selected for durability and low maintenance: unfinished wood, galvanized steel, and unfinished concrete. The design is by Caleb Johnson Studio, with construction by its contracting arm, Woodhull of Maine (Photo: Trent Bell).


Homes that meet Passive House standards require less investment in solar to achieve net zero

Exterior, poolside of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles by Landry Design Group

Los Angeles-based Landry Design Group collaborates with structural and civil engineers on hillside homes to determine if the best seismic reinforcement is concrete caissons sunk into the ground, or a mat-slab foundation in which the home’s weight is evenly distributed across the foundation. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer


Resilient design creates homes that can survive natural disasters and stay functional in the aftermath

San Francisco architect Jonathan Feldman designed this 800-square-foot cottage on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., for a couple and their three children. The expansive deck is used as an outdoor living room. Jack Gray was the builder. Photo: Warren Patterson Photography


Thoughtfully designed, scaled-down homes are more sustainable, enabling clients to live well with less

Michigan Lake House in Holland, Mich., designed by the Landry Design Group, Los Angeles, and built by Mike Schaap Builders, Holland, Mich. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer


Three Platinum winners from the 2016 Best in American Living Awards show how custom is done


For the first time, industry professionals have the opportunity to be recognized across several awards programs for their green building accomplishments.

Valle Group builds Passive House-certified home in New England

Valle Group builds Passive House-certified home in New England


Earlier this month, the Valle Group completed construction on the nation’s 24th certified Passive House, located in East Falmouth, Mass. The house was built virtually airtight and is heated through passive solar gain, according to standards set by the Passive House Institute in Urbana, Ill.

The GO Home in Belfast, Maine

KB Home, ActiveWest Builders among 2011 LEED for Homes Award winners


KB Home's Primera Terra residential community in Playa Vista, Calif., and ActiveWest Builders' Meadow Ranch Development in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, are among the projects recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as 2011 LEED for Homes Award winners. 



This Month in Custom Builder


Union is an industrial-inspired bath fittings collection from the UK-based brand Crosswater London


Collaboration holds the key to a smoother selections process that satisfies both client and builder

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