Summer 2010 Table of Contents

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New + Notable Summer 2010 New + Notable Summer 2010

15 New products for sustainable homes, including low-flow faucets, an alternative-energy management system, and a geothermal heat pump. Read more

Competition Challenges Architects to Design Kit-Built Post-Disaster Housing Competition Challenges Architects to Design Kit-Built Post-Disaster Housing

Using the same set of materials, eight New Orleans-based teams designed off-grid, kit-built homes that transport easily, rise quickly, and resist extreme weather, winds, and seismic activity. Read more

Product Review: Spray-Foam Insulation Product Review: Spray-Foam Insulation

Spray-foam insulation can definitely crank up the performance of your homes, if you make the right choices. Here's what to look for. Read more

Merit Award: The Sage, Eugene, Ore. Merit Award: The Sage, Eugene, Ore.

A compact lot and small footprint don't stop this ultra-green demonstration home from living large. Read more

Merit Award: Single-Family Sustainable Residence, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Merit Award: Single-Family Sustainable Residence, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

A traditional barn-like exterior combines with an extensive list of sustainability-boosting details in this high-performance home. Read more

Merit Award: Schena-Ricke Remodel, Menlo Park, Calif. Merit Award: Schena-Ricke Remodel, Menlo Park, Calif.

A new setback second story, an opened-up layout, and an updated front facade modernize this 1930s cottage. Read more

Merit Award: Labron Residence, Dallas Merit Award: Labron Residence, Dallas

A modern take on a treehouse, this home's second-level great room, window walls, and balconies keep residents connected to lush outdoor space. Read more

Merit Award: Jewell Street, Austin, Texas Merit Award: Jewell Street, Austin, Texas

A gentle facelift of the existing home combines with a modern, edgy rear addition. Read more

The 2010 EcoHome Design Awards The 2010 EcoHome Design Awards

10 green-built homes that creatively balance beauty and performance. Read more

Merit Award: The Incredibly Green Home, Chevy Chase, Md. Merit Award: The Incredibly Green Home, Chevy Chase, Md.

Arts-and-Crafts details mingle with an abundance of healthy and efficient products in this top-rated infill home. Read more

Grand Award: Hillside House, Mill Valley, Calif. Grand Award: Hillside House, Mill Valley, Calif.

Vertical integration and abundant indoor-outdoor connections help this rustic-modern home work in harmony with its steep infll lot. Read more

Grand Award: BrightBuilt Barn, Rockport, Maine Grand Award: BrightBuilt Barn, Rockport, Maine

LEED-Platinum prototype production home combines high-performance features with flexible design details. Read more

Commentary: Halting of PACE Loans a Buzz Kill for the Industry Commentary: Halting of PACE Loans a Buzz Kill for the Industry

PACE loans for renewable energy are driving business growth around the country, which makes it all the more disturbing that the FHFA has stopped the programs dead in their tracks. Read more

Building Science: Micro-Managing Moisture Building Science: Micro-Managing Moisture

Moisture and heat can compromise the short-term performance of adhesives, coatings, sealants, and finishes. Here's how to avoid issues. Read more

Merit Award: Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor, Wash. Merit Award: Key Peninsula, Gig Harbor, Wash.

Sustainbly built waterfront home connects residents to the outdoors while retaining some inspirations--and materials--from the cabin it replaced. Read more

Grand Award: Truro Residence, Truro, Mass. Grand Award: Truro Residence, Truro, Mass.

Spatial separation and flexible mechanical zoning help balance seasonal occupancy swings in this custom home overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Read more

Energy Star to Raise Gas Water Heater Criteria Energy Star to Raise Gas Water Heater Criteria

This fall, the EPA program will increase its minimum Energy Factor for gas storage water heaters from 0.62 to 0.67. Read more

Alex Wilson Selected for the 2010 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing Alex Wilson Selected for the 2010 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing

Annual $50,000 award from The Hanley Foundation and EcoHome recognizes visionary environmental building editor, educator, and advocate. Read more

DOE Rule Clarification Could Eliminate Some Multi-Head Shower Systems

Rule interpretation would clarify the term “showerhead,” require entire systems to meet 2.5-gpm flow maximums. Read more

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