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1. Family retreat on Cape Cod. Sustainability was the priority in the design of this home on Cape Cod. The green moves Zero Energy Designs (ZED) came up with include solar panels and this beautiful living roof.
Inside, they used low-VOC stain on the cabinets, radiant heat, cork light fixtures and a firebox by EcoSmart Fire.
4. What $100K can build in Philadelphia: Architect Nic Darling designed this home on a hard construction cost budget of $100,000.
In this house, thick walls, careful sealing and radiant ground floor heat increase energy efficiency.
Aesthetics were not sacrificed for economy. The home is light, open, comfortable and beautiful.
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Barns in the surrounding Hudson Valley region inspired the home's design.
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6. New Urbanism in Colorado: A new community in Buena Vista, Colorado follows New Urbanist principles. For example, in this live/work space, the proprietor's commute is about 10' feet long — the trip from the upstairs living quarters to the business downstairs. Walkability was a major priority in designing the community.
Materials including spray-foam insulation, metal roofs where appropriate, energy-efficient windows, Energy Star appliances, low-VOC products, and floors of reclaimed or renewable materials such as bamboo and cork were used throughout the project. Local materials and craftspeople were used whenever possible. These rocks are readily available all over town, right under the topsoil.
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