Eco Friendly Building...
Going Green!

Eco friendly building is all the rage today. The designs featured here are on the cutting edge of sustainable home and cabin options!

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     Writer's Retreat in Jaffrey, NH, USA
      by Eric Thompson Design   (above)

    (Photo: Nancy Belluscio/On-Site Photography)

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As  we become more environmentally conscious, we are continually looking for  ways  to  reduce  our ecological footprint   and  make  our  homes and cabins  more environmentally friendly,
in  conjunction with other aspects of our lives.    Only then will we be able
to preserve our planet for future gen-

The sleek contemporary design pictured above, right, and below is located on Cape Cod. Designed by ZeroEnergy Design, a Boston-based architectur-
al firm specializing in eco friendly building,  the home employs modern tech-
nology to make it as energy efficient as possible.   For example, it features radiant heating and the wall cavities are sprayed with icynene open-cell in-
sulation. In addition, the HVAC zoning is carefully orchestrated, effectively allowing large areas of the home to be closed off when not in use.

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Though sustainability is often  associ-
ated  with   modern  or  contemporary style dwellings, it can be incorporated in  more  traditional  designs,  as  well. The lovely log cabin pictured  at  right and below is a fine example of this.

Designed  by  architect  Daniel Turvey, the 1,800 square foot cabin is located in Big Sky, Montana. The cabin exteri-
or includes standing-dead timbers and trees collected from the site,  as  well as from a nearby mountain range.  Tri-
ple  glazed  windows  and  closed  cell spray foam and batt-overlay insulation ensure the cabin is "tight,"  as  do the firebox and chimney chase designed to block air infiltration.  It also features a closed-loop heating  and  cooling  sys-
tem and an air-exchange system.

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The  weekend  getaway  pictured  at right  and  below is located in Healds-
burg, California, and was designed by architect  Henry  Siegel  for  his  own
use.  Employing straw-bale construc-
 both  the  interior  and  exterior walls are covered with plaster. Due to the  superlative  insulating  properties
of the straw bales combined with inch thick interior plaster and  an  absense
of  late afternoon sun forced by topo-
graphy,  the owner has not needed to install mechanical cooling.

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The  eco friendly building  pictured  at right and below is located in Charlotte, Vermont. Designed by architect David Pill  and landscape designer Hillary Ma-
haram for their own use,  the  angular farmhouse sits on 44 rolling acres . . . . . . . .

Powered entirely by a wind turbine, the 2,700 square foot structure is built along an east-west axis to minimize the heat  and  glare  of  early  morning and late afternoon sunlight.  A geothermal radiant system and triple-glazed windows help to keep the home warm and toasty during cold Vermont win-

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