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    Midweek Mashup: July 13th Edition

    This past weekend the Virginian Pilot ran an article about green roofs in Hampton Roads which included a feature on the green roof at the offices of Grow Interactive in downtown Norfolk. We want to (...)
    Posted: Jul 12, 2011

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    Midweek Mashup: June 29th Edition

    Photo credit: Comcast 1. Wow. Who would have guessed cable boxes guzzle more energy than a new refrigerator?   Photo credit: Bill Tiernan, The Virginian-Pilot 2. East Beach is the only community to be selected (...)
    Posted: Jun 29, 2011

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    Midweek Mashup: June 22nd (Local Edition)

    Believe it or not, the internet is full of great news and information; particularly related to design, architecture, and development. And it gets fuller by the hour. Literally. So we’re starting a new segment here (...)
    Posted: Jun 22, 2011

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    River Star Homes

      You may have noticed these blue River Star Home yard flags popping up in front yards across Norfolk neighborhoods. In fact, our H1 House on the corner of 30th and Colonial recently became a River (...)
    Posted: Jun 16, 2011

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    A New Look and Forum for Making Noise

    We’re happy to officially launch our new website today. We’re really excited to be unveiling the new face of Green Build It which allows us to better share information and communicate the crazy ideas that (...)
    Posted: Apr 19, 2011

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    Not Your Usual House Tour 2.0

    Green Build It presents “Not Your Usual House Tour 2.0” sponsored by Ghent Business Association, Hampton Roads Green Building Council, Keep Norfolk Beautiful and Norfology. Experience two of Hampton Roads’ coolest, greenest, most energy efficient (...)
    Posted: Mar 29, 2011

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    Keep Norfolk Beautiful Shout-Out

    Keep Norfolk Beautiful just stopped by and graced our yard at the H1 House with some love. We’re happy to help keep Norfolk beautiful! (...)
    Posted: Nov 17, 2010

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    Insulation and Air Sealing

    We have used spray foam and gun foam to seal the building envelope and prevent air from passing through.  The building envelope is an important element in helping to isolate indoor and outdoor air spaces. (...)
    Posted: Nov 10, 2010

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    William & Mary Students Visit H1 House

    Green Build It team member John Porter provides a tour to students from The College of William and Mary’s “Beyond Petroleum as Fuel” class to learn more about green building and design. (...)
    Posted: Oct 27, 2010

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    Landscaping

    Landscaping has taken root and is really starting to fill in at our H1 Project. The plants are native to the area and are drought tolerant. (...)
    Posted: Oct 17, 2010

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    Framing

    Framing of our NKOTB House is going well. We have employed advanced framing techniques such as ladder tee’s and 2 stud corners to minimize material usage and maximize insulation space. Our manufactured floor trusses help (...)
    Posted: Oct 9, 2010

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    Radiant In-Floor Heat

    The slab insulation, wire, and, vapor barrier have been installed. We choose to insulate under the entire slab which is not at all common. This extra insulation enhances the home’s energy efficiency and comfort. On (...)
    Posted: Sep 15, 2010

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    Footer Excavation

    Groundbreaking for the NKTOB House. The creation begins with just one shovel of earth. (...)
    Posted: Aug 25, 2010

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    The Plans Emerge

    After countless hours of design and collaboration, the plans for our newest home are coming together. We’ve even asked the neighbors to provide their input through a series of meetings with residents of the community. (...)
    Posted: Jun 25, 2010

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    Testing

    Testing is an integral part of LEED certification. The H-1 House was tested for air tightness of the building envelope and the duct system. Here a “blower door” apparatus and a “duct blaster” are hooked up to the (...)
    Posted: Mar 17, 2010