Dear Readers,

Welcome to the July/August issue of Green HomeBuilder magazine! Where has the summer gone? PCBC is over (thank you to those who came out and made the annual Builder’s Bash such a success!), Q3 looms, and it’s time to start preparing for fall. But let’s not get too hasty here. In our final summer issue, we showcase green homes tuned to thrive in the summer sun, even while they push the boundaries of what it means to build green.

Beazer’s King Crossing in Katy, Texas is a beautiful master planned community, complete with lakes and a resort-style amenity center that will keep the kids in the family-friendly community busy all summer long. Dorn Homes brings Victorian-era Americana back to life with their Astoria community in Prescott, Ariz., upgraded to be on the cutting edge of 21st century energy efficiency. Andrew Mann Custom Homes shared their gorgeous Home for an Artist with us, a custom project that pushed the boundaries of what it means to be green with special attention paid to efficiency and product sustainability. Finishing up the roster, we discuss with Dwell Development the use of photovoltaic panels on their reclaimed Modern Home.

Be sure to check out these groundbreaking projects, as well as content from our contributors. Our very own Sergio Flores discusses the use of recycled or reclaimed materials as technical and aesthetic solutions for green projects. The “Godfather of Green” himself, Jerry Yudelson, analyzes where green homebuilding trends have been going. Other topics range from the growth of the green scene, selling green virtually, better building envelopes, and green-chic interior decorating.

So find a comfy seat, preferably outside soaking up some good ol’ summer sun, and settle in to catch up with where the green industry is at.

As always, a big thank you to all of our contributors this month and thank you for reading!


Gen's sigGenevieve Smith