This beautiful straw-bale and solar home in Tennesseeuses passive solar design elements in the large, shaded, wraparound porch and large overhangs to provide cooling shade. The floor is laid on six inches of styrofoam insulation, so you can walk around in your bare feet all year long.
"The straw walls are approximately 2 ft thick which gives it the super
insulated R-VALUE of R-55. The ceiling is insulated with fiberglass to
a depth of 3 ft for an R-VALUE of R-100. This is what is known as a
super insulated home and is extremely energy efficient. All windows are
vinyl double pane argon gas filled to protect from ultra-violet damage
and have low E tinting for energy efficiency." The house is located near Nashville, on a hill in the woods.
There is a unit for sale at Ecovillage at Ithaca, a co-housing community. As explained on the Cohousing Association of America website, "cohousing communities combine the advantages of private homes with the
benefits of more sustainable living, including shared common facilities
and ongoing connections with neighbors." Cohousing communities also emphasize sustainability, and this one is no exception, featuring:
an organic CSA vegetable farm and U-Pick berry farm
office spaces for cottage industry
a neighborhood root cellar
community gardens and varied natural areas
80% planned green space
The unit for sale includes two bedrooms, full bath and large walk-in closet and half bath downstairs. The price, at $197,000, seems moderate. More pictures here.
This affordable green home in Athens, Ohio uses some of my favorite green features: hydronic radiant floor heating, lots of insulation, and water-saving dual flush toilets and rain barrel diverters. It has a compact floor plan and yet has four bedrooms. I'll be those clerestory windows also allow for great air circulation, and along with shade trees negate the need for air conditioning. Check out the full listing at the Green Homes for Sale website.
This beautiful straw bale home in Texas hill country is designed to foster natural air flow and, even though it has a conventional forced-air furnace, its utility bills are modest.
"All interior exposed lumber is reclaimed longleaf/heart pine.
Clerestory design allows for natural air flow when heating/cooling
system is not used. All faucets/shower heads/toilets feature low-flow
design." Find full information at Green Homes for Sale.
Yesterday's New York Times featured an affordable (for the Hamptons) pre-fab home as a prototype which the architect, Laszlo Kiss, will live in with his wife. The design has standard design elements such as a front and back cedar porch, and a translucent pergola, but what makes it special is its green features:
Geothermal heating system
Solar PV panels that will provide electricity and sell back excess power to the grid
Light fixtures what will only accept CFLs
Five sets of sliding glass doors and L-shaped windows which will allow passive solar heat
One of my favorite things about the house is that it is designed to make flexible use of space and is generous with its inclusion of storage. Oh yeah, and it can be assembled quickly right from the factory. "The Kiss House design is 'exactly the kind of innovative thinking we need to make green homes that large numbers of people can embrace and afford,' said Neal Lewis, president of the Neighborhood Network of Long Island, a nonprofit alternative energy organization.'" Treehugger shows the house layout and this image in their coverage of this article.
The past week has left me little time to post, but here's a great green home in Golden, Colorado with a whole house water filtration system and whole house solar system. I can't tell how well it is insulated from the description. Well, here's your chance to be "off the grid" and have some real solitude. I like the fact that it looks like an old mountain cabin, though it is newly built. The view of mountains and forest isn't too shabby, either, though it would be a long walk to town....
I hadn't checked "Green Homes for Sale" in awhile and so was pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful Victorian in Oak Park . It's always a challenge to transform an older home into a green home, but with full insulation, ceiling fans, energy star furnace, low/no VOC paints, triple-pane windows and rain barrels, among other green features, these renovators have managed to do it.
adobe block made on site with local clays. Rough cut lumber locally
milled from dead standing timber. Floors colored cement and sealed with
water based non toxic sealer called "Safe Seal". Interior walls
finished with gypsum plaster and colored with local clays. All of the
interior doors are recycled. Lots of Natural Light. Landscaping is all
regional plants that are drought tolerant on drip system with timers."