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Building my Passive House - Part 8

Building my Passive House – Part 8

This is the eighth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). In my previous columns, I’ve written about how foundation,...
Building My Passive House - Part 7

Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at...
Down to earth: Tips for green living

Down to earth: Tips for green living

Kermit was wrong … it is easy being green I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to ways I can live more sustainably. With two young children, it’s really important for me to set a good example. We are primarily a vegetarian household.  We recycle (my 3-year old is a master in her own...
Building My Passive House - Part 6

Building My Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). The Passive...
Building my passive house - Part 5

Building my passive house – Part 5

This is the fifth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
CTGBC green home tour in Westport

CTGBC green home tour in Westport

A home located at 7 Otter Trail, Westport, Conn., will be part of the Connecticut Green Building Council Spring 2014 green homes tour, scheduled for this Saturday, June 14, 12 – 3 p.m. Completed in 2010, the energy efficient house, which was designed by Ridgefield-based Trillium Architects, features a geothermal system, an 8kW PV solar...
The good earth

The good earth

  Unique is a word that tends to be overused when describing something that is unusual or rare, but a luxury, 5,000-square-foot Adirondack-style home in New Canaan that is certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Council — more than 94 percent of the home’s energy needs are met by solar technologies — and which...
Building my Passive House - Part 4

Building my Passive House – Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this...
Building My Passive House - Part 3

Building My Passive House – Part 3

This is the third entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program to assist home building professionals seeking to build highly energy efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The project began with the demolition of the existing...

Lynn Hoffman designs eco-elegant interiors

As Earth Day approaches, going green is on the minds of many. Enter Lynn Hoffman, the Stamford-based designer with experience 25 years strong in eco-elegant interiors. Hoffman has recently announced the debut of her updated website, lynnhoffmandesign.com. Hoffman’s portfolio is showcased on her upgraded site, revamped by DarrylO Web Design, in conjunction with Maida Design...
Build green, be happy! Part III

Build green, be happy! Part III

Happiness. This is what some may call the touchy-feely reason to build green. I get it. I have friends who need a lot of convincing; they just want to know the bottom line and only want to talk about the facts. How can I even bring something as ephemeral and vague as happiness into to...
Build green, stay healthy

Build green, stay healthy

In my last column, we talked about building to be energy efficient; this month we’ll discuss building to be healthy. Keep It All Out: The Awesome Building Envelope Here is a big plus. The more you adhere to the tenants of Green Building (like building a well-insulated, well-sealed, envelope) the less allergens and illness you...
Build Green: Save Money

Build Green: Save Money

What are we talking about when we talk about green building? We all know the basics: recycle, turn the heat down, install cfl light bulbs, use no-voc paint.  Many of us even know that the first, and best, thing you can do to make a house energy efficient is to add insulation and address air...

Scientist launches home energy efficiency videos

Larry Janesky, a building scientist, award-winning author, inventor and entrepreneur recently launched two videos to help promote awareness concerning home energy efficiency and its impact on our lives, finances, and communities. Janesky, a Connecticut Business Hall of Fame inductee, is also the owner of Dr. Energy Saver, Basement Systems and three other growing, nationwide contractor...