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Focus on the environment is definitely not new, but I do expect an increasing amount of attention to be paid to the efficiency of homes. As an example, homes in Ontario are now being encouraged to include their energy home audit score on their MLS listing at time of sale.

If youre contemplating a renovation, why not take it one step further and green-ovate?

The financial benefit to greening your home.

I have no idea who first came up with the term, green-ovate, but I like it. Boston has an entire community-driven movement to get all Bostonians involved in reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

If youre over the whole green thing, how about doing it because it will result in a healthier home and save you money in the long run?

And for those of you questioning the dollar amounts listed, they are US$ and GreenandSave says the following about their calculation:

The GREENandSAVE Return on Investment (ROI) calculations are intended to serve as a guide to help you see the hierarchy of performance and payback. Given variations in energy consumption, house or office size, results will naturally vary. The calculations are based on comprehensive local and national research and a combination of reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the EPA, ENERGY STAR® for Homes Program, US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes and Office Programs, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), International Energy Conservation Code, PLUS information directly from University Studies, Architects, Manufacturer Specifications, Distributors, seasoned Builders and Installers, and Home and Business owners with actual Performance Feedback. The Residential savings statistics are based on an average US home of 2,500 sq. ft. and the Office savings statistics are based on a small business module with ten employees. This approach provides home and business decision makers the opportunity to scale the results accordingly to match their properties.

Will you green-ovate?

Ive written about shipping container homes before.  The fact that I am doing so again only highlights the increasing popularity of transforming large retired steel boxes that have formerly travelled the oceans and/or railways of the world and found a new purpose in life.  Rather apt to think of such transformative abilities to start a new year, dont you think?

The change Im starting to see is that, in many cases, you no longer know a home is constructed using shipping containers.  What remains consistent is that the modular units are highly customizable and offer sustainable advantages at a fraction of the price of a similar brand new home from scratch.

The 3,000-square-foot home of Bernard Morin and Jocelyne Labelle, located in Ste. Adele, Québec, is composed of seven shipping containers. Morin, an architect, and Labelle, are partners in Idekit Homes. which specializes in creating homes from retired shipping containers.  The welded steel construction and heavy insulation of the containers makes for homes that are air-tight, waterproof, and energy-miserly.  They are also perfect for green roofs and are eligible for LEED certification.

Photo: Braden Gunem

Studio H:T  (now Tomacek Studio ) used two shipping containers to flank the central core of this home in Nederland, Colorado.  The off-the-grid project uses solar orientation, passive cooling, green roofs, pellet stove heating, and photovoltaics to create electricity.

“WFH House” in Wuxi, China by arcgency


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