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Northern Vermont can endure brutal winters. Built beyond code standards, this 1500-sq.-ft. house ran up just $767 in its 2010 electricity and natural-gas bills. Dunbar Oehmig, president of the firm that built the home, describes how SIP construction and attention to air-sealing helped to create a supertight house. Additionally, the house uses a high-efficiency, modulating, condensing boiler for hot water; a wastewater heat-recovery device; fluorescent and LED lighting; a heat-recovery ventilator; and Energy Star appliances. Among the house's durable, low-maintenance materials is a green roof assembly with a lightweight growing medium over a filter fabric and root barrier.
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This smart Craftsman-style home was built with a keen eye for detail and energy efficiencyby Pete Mollica
A simple approach to building a super efficient house starts with six key elementsby Matthew O’Malia
An architect's "best work to date" is a super-efficient home that you could buildby Steven Baczek
Two architects collaborate on a one-of-a-kind project that provides lessons in comfort, craft, and flexible living at all stages of lifeby Sarah Susanka
This compact farmhouse achieves home building’s highest performance standard without a shred of aesthetic compromiseby Justin Pauly
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