green building: Site Design: For Clients Looking at Land Lots for Sale - 11/05/09 04:40 AM
Clearly, anyone building a home wants to make sure it is energy efficient.  The first step in designing an energy efficient home is considering the site design as it relates to solar energy. Site design includes lot orientation, location of shade trees, site grading, landscaping, and sustainable site development.Lot orientation: the relationship between the home and the sun, including how the house faces the sun, prevailing winds, views, driveway access, and approach.Shade trees and shading: the type and location of shade trees and their impact on temperature, wind speed, and solar access.Site grading: analyzed for proper water drainage and runoff away … (1 comments)

green building: Current Home Design Trends - 07/14/09 04:22 AM
Trends in home design are moving away from specific rooms and space to materials and energy efficiency.  This delightful (and beneficial) competition between neighbors, communities, and states to become more energy conscious and less dependent on fossil fuels has resulted in thousands of people reducing their carbon footprint.Here are some of the current trends in home design:1. Reduce, reuse, recycle:  More and more homeowners are looking to purchase recycled building materials to use in their new home.   Timbers, siding, decking, trim, doors, brick, and stone are all great materials to reuse.  Simple, bio-degradable materials are replacing resources that harm the environment.2. Here comes … (2 comments)

green building: ENERGY STAR Homes - 06/11/09 05:05 AM
There is a lot of talk about energy efficient homes and ENERGY STAR.  ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that provides information, training, and certification of products and practices to help homeowners save money and protect the environment.
By making a green home compliant with ENERGY STAR standards, homeowners enjoy a savings of at least 20%-30% in energy costs (more if structural insulated panels are used), and create a healthy indoor environment for their family while reducing air pollutants, dust, and drafts, and increasing the value of their home. 

green building: Signs of a Recovery in Real Estate? - 03/05/09 06:27 AM
Our Green Home Seminar in November (partnered with Riverbend Timber Framing) had a pretty good attendance - about 20 guests.  Apparently this was indicative of the declining market.
Last month, though, we partnered with Timberpeg for a Green Home Seminar and Open House at one of their local timber frame homes (Newbury / Mt. Sunapee) and attendance topped 74 - we had to close registration because we had standing room only!  We offered a free site visit to attendees who own land and are building an energy efficient home.  Here are the statistics from those who filled out the registration form and included their building … (3 comments)

green building: Partnering with Area Professionals is Key to Success - 01/09/09 05:53 AM
Jeremy and Kim are exhibiting at the Vermont Green Builders and Energy Conservation Show this weekend at the Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont.
We've found exhibiting at these types of shows and conventions is imperative toward relationship-building and talking with individuals building new homes - and our overall company success.
More successful, though, are our free seminars we conduct on building green homes.  Our architectural firm partners with professionals in targeted areas to present topics such as Green Home Design, SIP Insulated Panels, Renewable Energy Systems (solar, geothermal, wind), HVAC equipment, Insulated Concrete Foundation Systems, Financing, and more!  … (1 comments)

green building: Energy Consumption in the United States - 12/29/08 03:49 AM
The US Department of Energy's latest data on our country's energy production and consumption is quite telling.  In 2007, approximately 21% of the energy consumption in the United States was attributed to residential buildings.
Meanwhile, in the period from 2000 to 2007 fossil fuel energy production was reduced 1.46% while consumption increased 1.74%.  Renewable energy production did increase 0.72% with consumption increasing 0.76%, less than half of the increased consumption of fossil fuels.  Clearly there is room for improvement and an opportunity for homeowners who will be building new homes to lessen the dependency on fossil fuels.
When planning to build … (6 comments)

green building: When is the Best Time to Start the Home Design Process? - 12/23/08 06:56 AM
Is it ever too early to begin the design process?
I've been asked many times over the years by clients, "I don't own my land yet, but I'd like to have my architect start designing my home. Is this wise?" 
The advice I've always given is to wait until you close on your land, because starting the design process too soon could end up costing you more money. For example, the site you decide to purchase may have the potential for a walk-out basement, which could allow for more usable square footage, such as a recreation room or extra bedrooms for guests or … (6 comments)

green building: Another Free Green Home Seminar 1/31/09, Rutland / Killington, VT - 12/22/08 05:13 AM
Thinking of building an energy efficient home? 
Attend a free home planning seminar with area professionals to help you get started. Topics include energy efficient home design, timber framing, post & beam, hybrid & log homes, SIPs, ICF foundations, solar and geothermal heating systems and financing.  For more information, the Itinerary, and to register, visit our website.
Holiday Inn Rutland / Killington476 US Route 7 SouthRutland, VT  05701
Saturday, January 31, 20091:00 PM - 5:00 PM
For details and to register, visit or call 603-504-6009.

green building: NH Seminar 2/7/09 – Building a Green Home - 12/04/08 04:12 AM
Tell your clients!
Attend a FREE SEMINAR with area professionals to help you get started on building an energy efficient home!
Topics include green home design; building a home with SIP panels; timber framing; solar and geothermal heating systems.
Best Western Sunapee Lake Lodge (right across from Mt. Sunapee ski area)1403 Route 103Newbury, NH 03255
Saturday, February 7, 2009 Seminar: 10:00 AM – NOON Lunch on your own Timberpeg Open House: 12:30 – 2:00 PM Open House: Timberpeg Timber Frame Home by Old Hampshire Designs, 2100 square feet with SIP panels, solar, and geothermal heating system.
For additional information and to … (0 comments)

Jeremy Bonin (Bonin Architects & Associates, PLLC)

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New London, NH

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