Green Projects

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



Exterior, poolside, of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles

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

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

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.

Valle Group builds Passive House-certified home in New England

Valle Group builds Passive House-certified home in New England

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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

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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. 

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Ceiling beams made of reclaimed pine and kitchen countertops with recycled material are among the green features in this LEED Go

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Big, expensive custom homes don’t have to be wasteful of energy and other resources, as long as builders educate themselves and their clients about green features and technologies.

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A 2,400 square-foot home in Cupertino, Calif., is net-zero in energy, according to JetsonGreen.com.

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The North Carolina chapter of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity has built the organization’s first LEED-certified green home, according to The Charlotte Observer.
The home was built for Wendy Roberson, a divorced single mother of two who couldn’t afford rent or a mortgage.

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Whitebark, boasts a brighter color palette influenced by sun-whitened poplar trees

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Details are the thread that tie environments together

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