Green Homes

Mission Statement

Bernstein had the foresight to create a mission statement to guide the project and says whenever they veered from it, they regretted it. Read his and create your own.

The Whole Story

Bernstein spares no detail when describing his home. Why? Because people are always asking him how he did it and he wants to empower everyone to do it on their own.

8 Eco-Amazing Ideas

In every green build or remodel, people come up with interesting ways to up the eco-ante. Here are 8 innovations and ideas from the Lowell House.

Certifications

While the Bernstein's set out to get Passive House certification, they achieved LEED Platinum in the end, as well. Click through to learn about these certifications and resources to earn them yourself.

The Team

Between design and construction, the Lowell House had many hands on deck – and all of them were required to learn passive design requirements and technologies. Here are the experts that built this dream, green home.

Final Observations

As with any project, lessons are learned along the way. Here, homeowners Stuart and Marcella Bernstein describe the unexpected obstacles they faced and some of the things they wish they would have done differently.

Can Sustainable Homes Be Affordable and Beautiful? These Video Tours Tell All.

Sustainability expert Josh Byrne is embarking upon a national research tour that will bring together the best high-performance housing projects. Follow along as he inspires conversation about the future of our housing and the demand for more energy efficient solutions while not forgetting the importance of designing homes that are comfortable, good for our health, hip pockets and our future.

The Idea Farm: A Custom, Eco-Friendly Farmhouse

This custom home is a sophisticated blend of rustic and refinement. Everything about it was purposefully planned for a couple committed to living close to the earth and following a lifestyle of simplicity. Affectionately named “The Idea Farm,” for its innovation in sustainable building practices, this home was only the 2nd new home in Minnesota to receive a Gold Rating by MN GreenStar.

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