LiveRoof looks and functions like a traditional green roof but offers the benefits of a modular system. The company says the system, which Kaplan Thompson used on this home, could extend the life of a roof by 100 to 200 percent and may reduce the energy use of a single-story building by more than 25 percent. It “arrives fully grown” and “installs in an afternoon,” Thompson says. LiveRoof, 800.875.1392; www.liveroof.com.
other favorites Nordic Engineered Wood: beams and columns, www.nordicewp.com
UNILUX AG: high-performance windows, www.unilux.de
Zehnder GmbH: ComfoFresh air distribution systems, www.comfosystems.com
Kaplan Thompson Architects
phil kaplan, aia, leed ap, and jesse thompson, aia, leed ap