Worlds Greenest Home, San Francisco: part 1

Worlds Greenest Home, San Francisco: part 1

Robin’s San Francisco home has the distinction of being the first home in an urban U.S. setting to get its electricity from a wind turbine… a fact that homeowner Robin wants to improve. Robin of Whirligig Wind Power spent a considerable amount of time working as an advocate to bring small wind power to urban environments. As […]

EcoNest® Straw Clay Home, Santa Fe, NM

EcoNest® Straw Clay Home, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is counted as America’s oldest capital city and has an abundance of adobe-styled homes and businesses. These buildings are distinctive, historical representations, that blend Spanish, Native American and other local cultures and are made by combining sand, clay, water and other fibres like sticks or straw. The look combines design elements of Pueblo […]

Passive Solar Sunroom Addition, Breckenridge, CO

Passive Solar Sunroom Addition, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge has a very high elevation making the sun incredibly bright, almost blinding. The people are active in the area and seem to be very fit. Obviously the ski hills make the area famous, but it is also a great place to visit in the fall. Innovative Energy RenewablePower.com helps homeowners in Breckenridge and area, educating […]

Greening before it became popular, Los Angeles, CA

Greening before it became popular, Los Angeles, CA

Julia developed an interest in sustainability over 30 years ago. She spent years learning and transforming her 1911 home and yard into an ongoing eco-research centre, allowing her home to be open to tours – having toured over 15,000 visitors throughout the years. She has inspired countless others to raise and encourage environmental awareness and […]

Net-Zero, Leeds Platinum Home, Cupertino, CA

Net-Zero, Leeds Platinum Home, Cupertino, CA

This home in Cupertino seemed to have every green and modern feature imaginable. Homeowners David and Stephania are 2 of 3 principles from “Integrated Design Associates, Inc. (IDeAs) is a California and Colorado based consultancy providing electrical engineering and lighting design services for buildings.” There were many exceptional green technologies used, but when it came […]

Off-Grid Straw Bale Home, Northern California

Off-Grid Straw Bale Home, Northern California

I had been really looking forward to this stop on the tour…some long off dream of living on an acreage with an off-grid home and my own art studio… that is my dream, Stan and Judy are living theirs. Stan and Judy live off-grid in an area of northern California between Mt. Shasta and Mt. […]

Extremely ECO Renovation, Belmont, CA

Extremely ECO Renovation, Belmont, CA

David of MyEarthBoundHome.com introduced us to two of his clients, both have lived in their homes for about a year. Yao and Chris, Belmont When Yao and Chris found a great home, with a fantastic view overlooking a 200 acre park, they bought it knowing that some renovations were required to bring this sixties home […]

Sustainably Upcycled Renovation, Santa Clara, CA

Sustainably Upcycled Renovation, Santa Clara, CA

We were pleased to spent a few hours on a Saturday with David of MyEarthBoundHome.com. David gave us a lot of great information and we saw that green building wasn’t just his business, it is his passion. David is the president of this green home building and renovation company. He truly cares about the environment […]

Passive Solar Vented Sunroom, Eugene, OR

Passive Solar Vented Sunroom, Eugene, OR

What made this John and Heidi’s home unique, was the Passive Solar sunroom. A bright glass room to the rear of the home, south of course. Yes, we have seen sunrooms before, but this one used this warmth to heat other parts of the home. The couple had pipes installed that moved this air throughout. […]

Eco Friendly Remodel, Eugene, OR

Eco Friendly Remodel, Eugene, OR

Somewhat in the centre of Oregon, just off the Interstate 5, is Eugene. This city seemed to have an exceptional quantity of solar panels. We saw roof panels in just about every residential neighbourhood we passed. We did interview two couples in this green city, but the timing didn’t work out for us to interview […]

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