The custom home known as River Lodge is a refuge for its busy owners. They wanted their new home to reflect their passion for the environment. Thats why its respectful of the pristine wooded setting. And thats also why it...
For decades, home building systems have provided home owners a wide variety of benefits and features over traditional stick-built homes. Manufacturers utilizing building systems specialize in many different styles of homes and materials. This white paper gives an overview of systems-built homes and the many options and benefits that they offer.
With its cheerful red siding, white trim, broad front porch, and simple one-story design, the high-performance home constructed by Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity in suburban Kalamazoo, Michigan, has a quaint, “prairie schoolhouse” look to it, but it’s what’s inside that matters most.
Zero energy homes come in all shapes and sizes. The U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready certified home on Lake Knowles in Winter Park, Florida, is a great example of how ultra-modern can also be ultra-efficient.
Addison Homes of Greer, South Carolina, built the “Invision Zero South Carolina” home to prove to its market that a conventionally styled zero energy home that produces as much electricity as it consumes is not only possible, it’s practical.
Builder Dow Perry’s goal was to build a home that costs the same and looks the same as nearby homes in Prattville, Alabama, but far outperforms them. By all accounts, the high-performance custom spec home he built at the Pebble Creek development was successful.
Mantell-Hecathorn, a long-time ENERGY STAR builder, committed to building all of its homes to the requirements of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program in 2014 and has since certified five homes through the program, including this custom home in Cortez, Colorado.
Philgreen Construction is one of a team of partners including designers, utility engineers, and energy modelers assembled by owners, REVIVE Properties, LLC, with the goal of making REVIVE Fort Collins “the greenest development in Colorado.”
After suffering an injury in Afghanistan, veteran Leo Perez was unable to work fulltime and had few hopes of owning a home. But with the help of the non-profit community development corporation Green Extreme Homes, for-profit builder Carl Franklin Homes, and multiple volunteer groups, the Perez family now owns a completely refurbished vintage home.
Every year, visitors to the International Builders Show get to tour a cutting edge home. Last year featured the first one to be certified through the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program and the first DOE Zero Energy Ready certified home constructed by Element Design Build.
What does a building scientist want in a house when he decides to build his own? “Of course it’s going to be a zero-energy house,” said Paul Torcellini, a principal engineer in the commercial buildings research department at the National...