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Zero Net Energy Home, Performance Results and Best Practices, Revealed

Zero Net Energy Home, Performance Results and Best Practices, Revealed The owners of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, near Atlanta, GA, will never pay for electricity as long as they live there. Before the photovoltaic panels were considered for the home, it was rated, using the HERS Index, to use more than 60% less energy than […]

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Preserving a Historic Home with Building Science

PRESERVING A HISTORIC HOME with BUILDING SCIENCE Historic Preservation is mostly about preserving and protecting buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance. The Historic Molette House, ca. 1825 has a lot of significance in the Molette Family, as well with the people near the Molette’s Bend area near Selma, Alabama. When the home was moved […]

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Molette House, ca. 1825: Historic Preservation meets Energy Efficiency

The preservation, deep energy retrofit and new addition of the Historic Molette Family Plantation house near Orrville, Alabama kicked off last week with an exciting, and at times nerve-racking, three-mile move of the original 80-ton circa 1825 house to its new and, hopefully, final location. We watched in awe as 80 tons and 188 years […]

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♫ Building Science Blues ♫ by Eric Werling

Architects hear “Building Science Blues” at 2013 AIA Georgia Design Conference This past Friday and Saturday, the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted a 3-day design conference for over 300 architects in Historic Columbus, GA. Topics ranged from the business of architecture to designing the modern american home. It was the first […]

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Green Home From the Get Go – Guest Post

GUEST POST: GOING GREEN FROM THE GET-GO This article was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC) on Sunday, September 1st in the Homefinder section, and was written Lori Johnston of FastCopy Communications BY LORI JOHNSTON FOR THE AJC Lori Johnston is a writer and editor who writes about anything, from the housing market to personal finance to […]

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10556 Serenbe Lane – Serenbe’s Latest Modern Home

During a recent round-table discussion about high-performance homes and sustainable living, Steve Nygren, one of the chief founders of the Serenbe Community, shared a story with us about one of the residents walking up to him, giving him a bear hug and saying, “Serenbe changed my life!” Well done, Steve! The 1,000-acre sustainable community has grown in to […]

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What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and cooling loads. Typically, they are thought to serve only small spaces like bonus rooms, garage apartments, etc. They can actually […]

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Brizo® Design + H2OKinetic® Technology = Performance, Efficiency and Comfort

Water conservation is, for some, as important as saving energy and resources. It’s why there are really strict water restrictions and usage guidelines in nearly every city. Certification programs like EPAs WaterSense Partnership Program help regulate the construction industry so we’re not over consuming at home. The biggest criticisms, though, of low-flow (2.0 gpm or less) […]

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Hold the Foam! This Home is Already High Performance!

Before spray foam insulation was installed in the walls and roof-line of this Atlanta-area home, it tested better than the 2012 IECC requirements in climate zones 3-8 for building envelope tightness. The High Performance Home Several weeks ago we reported that the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, built by the Imery Group, achieved a blower door […]

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PGH at Serenbe is 90% Tighter than Energy Code – Before Drywall!!

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe, and the home achieved 0.72 ach50, or 0.055 ELR (more on these numbers in a minute). In other words, it’s really tight!!! The 2009 International Residential Energy Code (IECC), which is adopted in most states, requires an infiltration rate of […]

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