Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Un-conventional Conventional Hill Country Green House

By now, we all realize there needs to be a big change in the way production home builders build homes. It’s unrealistic to think that all builders will suddenly build the best category of deep green homes, but if a notable percentage of builders were to build houses twenty to thirty percent more energy efficient than a conventional house with only a few modifications to the way they are building today, it would be a great way to start to turn around the homebuilding industry. In order to do that, there needs to be more examples of high-performance green houses designed and built in a way that the majority of homebuilders can build without having to re-learn everything. Griz and Karen Adams are building such a house southwest of Boerne. If it weren’t for seeing the top of rainwater cisterns, it would look no different from a conventional house. However, the Adams’ home, when completed will include some very progressive green building elements.

Griz Adams will be at the monthly meeting in person on Tuesday, the 26th of May to talk about his home currently under construction. The meeting will be held at the usual time and place, 7pm in the classroom at Whole Foods Market in the quarry. I hope many of you can attend the meeting. There will be opportunities to visit the house during future open house events to be arranged by Griz and Karen Adams. For more information on this house, go to

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