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Architects' Choice: Zero Energy Design

Stephanie Horowitz shares her favorite low-cost and high-end products.

Architects' Choice: Zero Energy Design

Stephanie Horowitz shares her favorite low-cost and high-end products.

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    instant control $$

    Induction is more energy efficient than electric and allows instant control like gas. Horowitz often specs a frameless version that “sets seamlessly into the countertop.” This one, with a 3,600-watt power heating element, self-adjusts the size of the cooking element and costs $1,900. Bosch Home Appliances, 800.944.2904; www.bosch-home.com.
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    Courtesy Zero Energy Design

    green light $

    Unlike most green roofs, LiveRoof is flexible and easy to install. Plants are pre-grown to maturity in modules filled with a lightweight medium, and installers set them on the roof. Modules cost $9 to $15 per square foot (plus delivery and installation). LiveRoof, 800.875.1392; www.liveroof.com.
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    air apparent $$

    For Horowitz, a Comfoair heat or energy recovery ventilator is “a critical component of any mechanical system. The units are ultra-quiet and efficient.” They also increase the energy efficiency of HVAC systems and maintain the fresh air inside a home. Zehnder America, 888.778.6701; www.zehnderamerica.com.
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    Credit: Zero Energy Design

    zero energy design
    stephanie horowitz , aia
    boston
    www.zeroenergy.com  

save $

ECOS Paints: floor paint, www.ecospaints.net

Poggenpohl: quick ship cabinets, www.poggenpohl.de/en

Powerhouse Dynamics: energy monitoring, www.powerhousedynamics.com

splurge $$

Unilux: windows, www.unilux-usa.com

SunPower: pv panels, www.sunpowercorp.com

Eastern Architectural Products: colored fiber cement, www.fibercementproducts.com

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