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Multiplicity: A city residence is equipped with systems and materials that wear many sustainable hats.

September 21, 2010

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Best Green Houses Farr AssociatesBy David Sokol,Via:greensource.construction.com   Michael Yannell is a hands-on client. When the Chicago-based pharmacist and animal-rights activist tapped local architecture studio Farr Associates to design a sustainable home, he had already carefully winnowed several sites from his realtor’s long list of options, basing his shortlist on solar access. He and Farr Associates […]

Striking a Balance: Although CCS-Architecture didn’t pursue sustainable design dogmatically, it still prevented a second home from tying to the grid.

September 21, 2010

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Best Green HousesCCS-ArchitectureBy David Sokol ,Via:greensource.construction.com  “Architecture is famous for tradeoffs and compromises,” says CCS-Architecture principal Cass Calder-Smith, AIA, “You become a master synthesizer.” In the case of Gold Country Residence, a second home for a young family from San Francisco, CCS had to reconcile the client’s desire to be off the grid with the […]

Sprouting Wings: A butterfly-roofed house solves a site condition, and supports good health

September 21, 2010

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Best Green Houses Robert M. Cain ArchitectBy David Sokol,Via:greensource.construction.com The owners of RainShine House were perfect candidates for a sustainably designed residence. The husband, a longtime commercial client of architect Robert Cain, AIA, LEED AP, suffers from a sunlight deprivation disorder and often travels to his native Florida to beat the winter blues. For his […]

Team Spirit: A Thorough House Renovation Gets Green with a Little Help from a Lot of Friends

September 21, 2010

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Best Green HousesJay DeChesere, AIA, LEED AP By David Sokol,Via:greensource.construction.com  It was a case of bad timing. In 2008 Jean and John DeChesere, the elderly parents of Jay DeChesere, AIA, LEED AP, had reached a point in life where they would be better served by an independent living facility. But mired in a downward-spiraling economy, […]

Heirloom Minka: Architect Yasuhiro Yamashita’s personal campaign to revive a vintage Japanese building type.

September 21, 2010

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Best Green Houses Atelier TekutoBy David Sokol,Via:greensource.construction.com Like America’s dogtrots, shotguns, Cumberland houses, and log cabins, Japanese vernacular architecture includes a unique house known as minka. The country boasts more than 1 million of these buildings, which vary dramatically according to region: Although a northern Japanese exemplar features steeply sloping roofs to prevent snow buildup, […]

Back to the Future: A guest cabin near Yellowstone asks, “What’s the style of sustainability?”

September 21, 2010

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Best Green Houses Dan Joseph ArchitectsBy David Sokol,Via:greensource.construction.com Readers located in the Rocky Mountain region of North America may have spotted the most recent issue of Mountain Living magazine, which announced that Headwaters Camp, a 1,800-square-foot, LEED-Platinum guest cabin located in Big Sky, Montana, had won one of the magazine’s Responsible Development Awards. The accolades […]

Sun and Shape, Poetry and Patina: The Copper House offers a glimpse of what sustainability could look and feel like.

September 21, 2010

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Best Green HousesDella Valle Bernheimer By David Sokol,Via:greensource.construction.com Of all the discussions that take place on the Internet, the conversations that amend GreenSource’s online stories may be some of the most constructive. Readers are genuinely committed to sustainable buildings, and they generously share their insights in the comments to advance the conversation around green design […]