Love green construction and want to make your own home as energy efficient as possible?
Get instant feedback on existing features and how to make them more effectual with energy focused apps and tools for the home. The following are examples that can make it easier to track progress and record patterns.
To check out personal greenhouse gas emissions, use the EPA’s household carbon footprint calculator to find out current emission levels, how to reduce emissions and potential savings.
Free for iPhone and iPad, GreenWave Reality lets users who set up an account observe and regulate their home energy use from anywhere, and can even break it down according to each room.
An example of how an energy efficient home can be done without forgoing luxury comes from a triple certified residence in Canada named Midori Uchi, which translates as green home in Japanese.
A collaboration between Naikoon Contracting and Kerschbaumer Design, it generates more energy than it uses.
Earning the LEED Canada for Homes Platinum rating, an impressive R-2000 energy efficiency certification as well as the Built Green Canada Platinum, this build is intelligently over the top with green features.
Included in the net zero design is a grey water filtration system, and the home is thickly insulated to help maintain temperature. It is also wired for solar and contains no VOC finishes.
The impressive structure was built with local supplies and includes reclaimed materials, as seen in the staircase, paneling and counter space. The interior also incorporates a salvaged tree from the construction site.
Outside, the rammed earth wall directs the landscape.
Above images are via Kerschbaumer Design. Photography by Ema Peter.
From NK Architects and constructed by Cascade Built, the Park Passive Seattle residence claims its prize as the area’s 1st certified passive house construction. This vertical build decreases its heat heating intake by almost 90%, as required in order to meet certification regulations.
It also has an aesthetic element in addition to the mindful design.
With an inspiration for carving out time for family, this home rates high on modern style and low on energy consumption.
Above images are via NK Architects. Photography by Aaron Leitz.
Staying on top of home energy use saves money and resources, and monitoring it has never been easier.
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