Environmental

Greening the MLS

How much is your house worth? In many cases the decision to “go green” is based purely on finances. As an architect who specializes in making homes more energy-efficient and sustainable, the biggest question I get is, “What is my ROI?” Return on investment is important. Most of the things we recommend to homeowners are...
Home improvement lecture series offered

Home improvement lecture series offered

The CT Green Building Council, in conjunction with the Norwalk Mayor’s Energy and Environmental Task Force, is offering a two-part home improvement lectures series entitled, “New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home,” which will address cost effective improvements to existing homes, including resource conservation, utility bill savings, weatherization, financing and design. Part I of the series,...
Get an organic night's rest

Get an organic night’s rest

The word “organic” has been trending for a while. Most people associate it with produce and other foods — you can’t miss the burgeoning organic displays in grocery stores — but it’s also a growing segment in the home fashion industry. While there have been organic products available for the home for decades, over the...
Building my Passive House — Part 10

Building my Passive House — Part 10

This is the 10th and final 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). Those of you who have hung with...
Building my Passive House — Part 9

Building my Passive House — Part 9

This is the ninth 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). Because my heating requirements are so small, my house...
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...