BPC wins Housing Innovation award

Local custom home builder BPC Green Builders of Wilton recently received the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 “Housing Innovation Award” in the category of Custom Homes (for Buyers), for the fourth time in five years. The DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards recognizes the nation’s most innovative builders who are taking housing to the next level of … Read more

GreenBriefs April 2017

VanderHorn releases green homes video series Douglas VanderHorn, a Greenwich architect noted for combining contemporary innovations with traditional styles, shares his insights into how some of New England’s greatest homes are embracing green technologies and sustainable materials in his new YouTube channel, which addresses green and sustainable trends in Greenwich and Fairfield County. The video … Read more

Salad days: Homefront Farmers brings us back to the garden

If you’ve ever had a vegetable garden, you know the rewards of having farm-to-table goodness outside your door. As the seasons progress, the continual watering, weeding, mulching, and pruning may demand more time than you have available. And then there are the deer that can level your garden to stubby shoots overnight.   Ridgefield-based Homefront … Read more

It’s a dirty business…A Ridgefield company makes composting easy for homeowners

Most of us wake up each day, make our coffee, cook some meals, and dispose of the grounds and scraps in our garbage, never really thinking about where it all ends up. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the largest component of solid waste sent to incinerators and landfills is food … Read more

CMG’s Passive House mixes energy efficiency with stunning architecture

New Canaan-based Construction Management Group's four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot house is a semi-glass structure situated on a cliff overlooking Ponus Ridge and New Canaan Land Trust open space.

Sponsored Content: Several years ago, Salvatore Zarrella was reading a trade magazine when he came across a story entitled “Green Without Gizmos.” The article described Passive House, an exacting standard for building energy-efficient homes that had begun in earnest in Germany in the 1990s. “It was transformative for me,” said Zarrella, a Stamford native and … Read more

Solar energy: Let the sun shine in!

As more and more homeowners are changing (or thinking of changing) from coal, oil or gas to solar heating, the questions come up, “What’s it all about?” and  “What does it mean, anyway?” According to Paul Passarelli of Solar and Thermal Systems in Norwalk, “One of the areas we enter is physics and one of … Read more

Make spring projects more eco-friendly

The arrival of warmer weather means different things to different people. Some anticipate opportunities for outdoor fun, while others may be considering redecorating or remodeling their homes. For the latter group, home improvement season provides a great opportunity to make homes more eco-friendly. When planning home improvement projects, it’s best to first choose a project … Read more

Awards given for Taft facility

Spokespersons for Trillium Architects, BPC Green Builders, and Steven Winter Associates have  announced that Taft’s new faculty residence was named the Grand Winner in the custom home category at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards. The Taft School residence, located in Watertown, Conn., was one of five projects across the nation to … Read more