Call of the wild

I feel like our home is a beacon for virtually every variety and species of living creature … we’ve had field mice, birds, bees, ants, fruit flies, moles, voles, squirrels, bunnies, fox, coyote, raccoons, and deer visited upon us over the years. All that’s missing are the frogs and locusts. One morning this past September, … Read more

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

Tick numbers are high, field research finds

Ticks are out there — in the woods, in the grass, in the underbrush — in higher numbers than researchers from Western Connecticut State University have found in this area over six years of collections and study. And, they’re carrying Lyme disease and a smorgasbord of other afflictions that can cause serious health problems for … 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

Reynolds Farms holds gardening seminar

Reynolds Farms Nursery and Country Garden Center, located at 23 Richards Ave., Norwalk, will be holding a free Raised Bed Gardening seminar at 2 p.m. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Sue Lavallee of Coast of Maine Soils will be on hand to discuss the importance of planning your raised bed(s), how to determine the … 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

The bottom line

Another one of those things you forget, in the later reminiscent days, about putting an addition on your house is how long it takes to finish. Like the ninth month of pregnancy, it feels like the longest and most torturous part. Especially if you are doing it yourself. You come home from work and force … 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

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