Green Home Fall 2009

Wish you were here... the weather's great. Wait, you are here, and the weather's not always great. In fact, if we wanted to really reduce our carbon footprint it might make sense to import the climate of San Francisco, where the average July temperature is 63 degrees and the January average just 14 degrees cooler. Still, there are ways to reduce our carbon footprint, our water use, and make a greener tomorrow in Charlottesville, what's supposed to be one of the greenest cities in America. Let's live the dream!

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Postcards from the HedgePublished on Sep 24th, 2009 Howdy,   Wish you were here... the weather's great. Wait, you are here, and the weather's not always great. In fact, if we wanted to really reduce our carbon footprint...read more
Saved by zero: What if a house used no energy?Published on Apr 16th, 2009  Architect Jeff Christian hopes to one day build a zero-energy home.PHOTO FROM OAK RIDGE LABORATORY WEBSITE As the building industry as we know it seems to be...read more
Green scene's fin: Seminar series ends on Earth DayPublished on Apr 16th, 2009After two years, Ryan Jacoby of Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity will wind down his "Green Matters" workshop series on Earth Day, April 22.FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO What...read more
Really green: Log home master teaches his craftPublished on Apr 16th, 2009  McRaven was photographed for a 2005 Hook profile.FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO What could be greener than building with trees and rocks? The man who is considered one of...read more
Still smiling: Belvedere's first family welcoming neighborsPublished on Apr 16th, 2009FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Nearly a year into their tenure as the first family in a struggling eco-hood, Kate White says she and husband Bret Harris remain happy with their...read more
LEEDing: First Albemarle 'gold' house certifiedPublished on Apr 16th, 2009  Alchemy? The builder made Gold for under $200 per foot.Photo courtesy UpStream Construction Central Virginia now has a Gold-certified LEED house– only the second...read more
Shultz story: Grass is always greener when it's au naturellePublished on Apr 16th, 2009  The newest addition in the yard of City Hall-fighting Louis Schultz is a duck house that leads directly into a raised-bed garden.PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE One man who...read more
Culs sacked: But has the dead end died?Published on Apr 16th, 2009Another piece of the American dream took a hit when Governor Tim Kaine signed a regulation last month that ends state maintenance of roads in subdivisions that aren't...read more
Girl gone green: Ballerina turns builder in FifevillePublished on Apr 16th, 2009  Hope Sowell and her house.Photo by Jen FarielloProjecting eaves, a bat house, and rain barrels are among the eco-friendly attributes of Sowell's self-built house.Photo...read more
Women can do this stuffPublished on Apr 9th, 2009"If you have been a homemaker," says Joan Schatzman, "you have the background for building." She explains: "In sewing, you use patterns like blueprints. In cooking, you ice a...read more