Green & Sustainable



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Key steps to create a more sustainable industry

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

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A city builder tackles affordability and environmental concerns

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Mark Turner

Founder and Owner

GreenSpur

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

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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).

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

Gnar House in Squaw Valley, Calif., with charred wood exterior

PROJECT: Gnar House, Squaw Valley, Calif. BUILDER/DESIGNER: Rob Wells/sixteenfifty.com, La Jolla, Calif.; CNC FABRICATOR: Byecraft Cabinet, Sparks, Nev. Photo: Jon Rouse/Rouse Photography

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San Diego designer/builder Rob Wells creates the Gnar (short for gnarly) House that breaks some rules

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

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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

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

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The road to becoming a successful green builder starts with planning

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

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

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

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FALL 2021

This Month in Custom Builder

Products

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

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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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