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Summerglen Communities
  Florida, a state that is already friendly to retirees, has another great innovation; green retirement communities such as SummerGlen. SummerGlen, created by a national award-winning builder of Florida retirement communities, Florida Leisure Communities, is a prime example of eco-friendly retirement because of its true sense of community and green practices. All SummerGlen homes now meet or exceed the Green Home Building Standards of the National Association of Homebuilders. That means that w
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Strawbale Homes
  Although it may sound like something out of the childhood tale, “The three little pigs”, straw bales are effective natural materials in homes. Over a hundred years ago, people used bales of straw to build their homes. They found that these bales of straw kept the homes warm and well insulated. Once again, home designers are adopting this design to naturally and passively keep homes warm without the use of conventional energy. Building with bales of straw has become very popular in some parts
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Steury Ave
  Even though Indiana is famous for its Indianapolis 500 and car racing, the state is also making great efforts to be green. There is a duplex that was built with the cooperation and vision of several state and local entities to show just how green collaboration works in Indiana. The goal of the project was to incorporate as many green features as possible while still being cost competitive on the rental market. The aim of the project was to provide a low energy home for renters. To keep costs
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Spruce Peak at Stowe
  Vermont is a popular skiing destination for the East coast. The ski town and resort of Stowe has a community in it called Spruce Peak which has a very green and relaxing quality of life. Spruce Peak has earned the Audubon Green Community Award from Audubon International, a famous non-profit environmental organization operated in New York State. On the community’s website, they are proud of their status as an Audubon community. They write, “Members of Audubon International's Sustainable Com
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Sonoma Mountain Village Green Community
  Sustainability is more than catering to the environment, but also to the human being that lives in that environment. Sonoma Mountain Village, an award-winning, green community combines idea of designing for people as well as being conscientious of their impact on the planet. Sonoma Mountain Village is the first community in North America endorsed by the International One Planet Communities Program, a prestigious award. The community is a replicable model that is set to prove that we can be e
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Solar Homes
  Solar homes can mean anything from homes that have a solar panel on them to homes that use passive solar energy to light them up. Passive solar homes range from those heated almost entirely by the sun to those with south-facing windows that provide some fraction of the heating load. The difference between a passive solar home and a conventional home is design. The key is to design a passive solar home to take advantage of your local climate. You can apply passive solar design techniques mo
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Small Homes
  When it comes to our homes, it turns out that bigger isn’t always better. It is more resource intensive on the Earth for one thing. For another, it simply is wasted space. Environmental Building News in 1999 had information that showed the remarkable growth in U.S. house size from 1950 - 1999, and the simultaneous drop in people-per-house. It showed that Americans have quickly become the most housed people in the history of humanity—on average, North Americans now have about 4 times more spa
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Rammed Earth
  Rammed earth, also known as taipa, pisé de terre or simply pisé, is a technique used in the building of walls using the raw materials of mud, chalk, lime and gravel. It is an ancient building method that has seen a revival in recent years as people seek more sustainable building materials and natural building methods. Because of the nature of the materials used it is incombustible, thermally insulating and very strong and hardwearing. It also has the added advantage of being a v
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Off the Grid Homes
  When one lives “off the grid,” it refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities. Therefore off-grid homes are completely autonomous. These homes do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid or similar utility services. A true "off the grid" or "off-grid" house is able to operate completely independent of all traditional public utility services. These homes have seen more publicity with figu
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Natural Homes
  When we watch films that take place in Africa or in a fantasy world like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, we see homes that are made with natural materials. Thinking of a home made with natural materials as primitive is now passé. There are all kinds of ways to have a home that is made of natural materials that are functional, stylish, and most of all – green! There are countless ways to make a home that is created from natural materials. You can use stone, glass, lime or mud plaster
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