Green Homes

Mission Statement

Stuart 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

Stuart 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. Try them with your next project!

Palo Alto Net Zero Energy Home Certifications

While Stuart and Marcella 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.

Q&A with the Homeowner

What did they wish they knew before they started? What's the best piece of advice they have for others? Learn the answers to these questions and many more in our interview with the homeowners.

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.

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