South Green Homes

Dan Ernst - Thaxton house - exterior south elevation

Passivhaus on a Budget

Feb 8, 2013 | Climate Zone 4A — Thaxton, Virginia

When the time came for Jason and Stephanie Specht to find a builder, they started out with high ideals. They wanted a builder who wouldn’t skimp on the quality of construction and who wouldn't charge an exorbitant fee.

Since this was their first time building, there were a lot of unknowns and a lot of questions: As clients, would they be able to customize plans? Select materials and finishes? Could they realize their budgetary goals? Did the builder have a good reputation? Would the house be energy efficient?

Most of all, they were looking for a builder they could trust.

PassivFarmHaus

Farmhouse Style Meets Passive House

Sep 21, 2012 | Climate Zone 4A: Steeles Tavern, Virginia

By Daniel Ernst
When my family made the decision to move to Virginia, we agreed that somehow, some way, we would find a home that could comfortably accommodate seven people, across three generations. On a working farm. On a budget. Winding our way through an economic downturn, it made sense to consolidate our resources, minimize our family footprint, and maximize our efficiency.

Although we looked for months for a possible house renovation project, the dollars and cents of the market pushed us toward purchasing a site for new construction.

Sampley - twilight

Mid-Century Gem Revived in Austin

Aug 30, 2011 | Austin, Texas

Just after World War II, Austin architect began designing and building what would amount to about 100 custom homes in the Austin area. These -esque single-story homes had low-slung roofs, exposed roof beams (extending right through to extensive overhangs), characteristic clerestory windows, and really big wood-burning fireplaces.

Chael-Dover - street view

Historic Preservation – A Green Alternative: The Chael-Dover Cottage

Apr 21, 2011 | South Miami, Florida

Historic preservation meets green building at the residential scale in the addition and renovation of our cottage in South Miami. Located in the , the cottage was part of the LEED for Homes pilot program and achieved Gold Level certification while maintaining the character and scale of the surrounding historic district.

A slice of south Florida architectural history

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