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Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line by Matt Belcher leads you through the residential construction process and details how you can apply green building techniques that will benefit your business, your relationships with your customers, your reputation and your bottom …
3/24/2014
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Dave Caldwell had a choice. The builder of the first home certified under the 2012 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Caldwell could have designed the vacation house on the Atlantic Ocean in Narragansett, R.I., using any of several green rating systems. After all, he’s used …
1/21/2014
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Sometimes it’s fun to save the best for last. In the case of Armory Park del Sol in downtown Tucson, Ariz. where John Wesley Miller has constructed 93 net-zero houses over the last decade, the builder saved the last and what he unabashedly calls "the best lot" for his wife. But despite his …
1/13/2014
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Category: Project of the Year: Single Family-Production Builder: Meritage Homes Meritage Homes has been focused on how people can truly live better through advancements in comprehensive energy efficiency. Meritage incorporates dozens of different components that are designed to work together …
8/22/2013
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Large, energy-efficient windows allow each unit to be flooded with natural light. Trinity Commons — Green Pillars FinalistDurham, N.C.Developer: Northwood Ravin and The Housing Studio At Trinity Commons, it’s the little things that make the difference. In …
8/5/2013
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Gables Residential incorporates sustainable practices in its development and construction and pursues local and national green certifications for new projects. Austin, TexasDeveloper: Gables ResidentialArchitect: Looney Ricks Kiss The multifamily rental Gables Residential …
7/3/2013
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The 52-unit development in Playa Vista, Calif., was a 2012 Pillars of the Industry award winner. Playa Vista, Calif.Multifamily CondominiumArchitect: KTGY GroupDeveloper: KB Home Primera Terra is at the forefront of green building innovation: The multifamily condominium in …
6/10/2013
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 The architecture of the Beechwood With Tower home in Plymouth, Mass., boasts a distinctive add-on quality that mimics the upgrading of older summer cottages on Martha's Vineyard. Photos by Midcoast Studio The home's architecture was inspired by the summer cottages on Cape Cod …
5/1/2013
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Category: Project of the Year: Single Family-Custom Builder: MGM Construction  MGM Construction of San Francisco builds new custom homes and remodels existing homes on a small scale, one at a time, for clients who truly want to "build green." This far-reaching concept balances efficiency, …
5/25/2012
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Meadow Ranch is an award-winning active adult community in Idaho, built to a high green standard.
1/30/2012
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