Energy efficiency



Shake shacks was built by hybrid architecture in seattle and featured on Custom Builder

The Shake Shacks’ inverted floor plan maximizes light and air, with rooftop decks providing protected outdoor living space.

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In a densely populated Seattle neighbor­hood, two adjacent infill sites were developed: The Lookout and Shake Shacks

Exterior of SYMBI net zero home

Symbi Homes wanted to add an organic feel to the exterior. Lignia, which uses fast-growing softwood and modifies it to have the properties of a hardwood, offered a solution. “The durability, stability, and environmental credentials of Lignia wood make it a perfect choice for the SYMBI Duplex One project,” says Lisa Ayala, Lignia sales manager for North America. Lignia wood is used on the bay window, front porch and stairs, and rear deck (Photos by J. Loren Phtography).

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Mixing energy efficient, net zero construction with custom-build home touches 

Front view of Symbi zero energy ready house

Photos: Courtesy Symbi Homes

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Is it possible to build net-zero energy ready affordable homes?

Exterior of Passive House in Portland Maine

GO Homes are prefab, panelized, and follow a Passive House approach. In this home, a breezeway connects the garage and house (Photo: Trent Bell).

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How a small architecture and construction firm in Maine became a leader in the prefab and passive House movements

Vermont farmstead with contemporary features

Originally built 200 years ago, this 100-acre Vermont farmstead features traditional design with contemporary exterior details (Photo: Eric Roth Photography)     

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Stephanie Horowitz, of ZeroEnergy Design, talks about how builders and designers can dip into energy-efficient homes and embrace sustainable building

Poplar wood cladding on exterior of Cape Cod high-performance house

Running the siding horizontally emphasizes the home’s linear form, while the front porch wraps around one side of the entry becoming a walkway that offers glimpses of pond views for anyone using it to reach the garage (Photo: David Fell).

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This Cap Cod home achieves energy efficiency and high performance with common materials

High-performance home exterior of dogtrot barn in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Dogtrot by CLB Architects has an asymmetrical gabled roof that mimics the distant mountain peaks, adding a contemporary edge to the building’s traditional form (Photo: Matthew Millman).

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Custom homes that are durable, comfortable, and healthy for their owners and the planet

Cottage with solar array on garage in high-performance, net zero house at Jamestown, R.I.

Placing the 6 kW solar array on the detached garage allowed architect and homeowner Donald Powers to calculate the ideal roof pitch for maximum effectiveness. | Photo: Anthony Tieuli / This Old House

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Architect Donald Powers wanted his 100-year-old cottage to be the epitome of energy efficiency. So he transformed it into a net-zero home.

Designed to withstand natural disasters, 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

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

Front of Minneapolis house infill project sloped offset roof

Nordeast Nest in Minneapolis has a south-facing roof that is sloped to accommodate a future solar array. The porch roof is also sloped. These elements bring a contemporary flair to the mix, says architect Tim Eian of TE Studio. RJ Stegora was the builder. Photo: Corey Gaffer Photography

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Custom infill projects require architects and builders to play nice with neighbors and planning officials

Located along California’s Central Coast, this modern farmhouse has views over the hills toward the ocean 8 miles away, and patios on both sides to capture cross breezes. Semmes & Co. Builders built the home, which was designed by Gast Architects. Photo: Elliott Johnson

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A range of smart building practices ensure long-term livability and good business sense

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These custom-built homes make a strong design statement while delivering a high level of energy and resource efficiency.

News

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that more than 20,000 homes across the United States have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. 

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Canadian study says wood could be good building material for tall structures

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A new study examines the potential of wood — typically used only in low-rise building — as an option in taller structures.

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Products

The French luxury switches brand Meljac has developed a new solid brass collection in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson.

Features

The HS300 whole-house HEPA filtration unit is designed to be installed directly onto the return air plenum of forced air heating/cooling systems.

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