Year in Review: Top 10 Stories for 2013

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Year in Review: Top 10 Stories for 2013

Looking back, it’s clear 2013 was a productive year in green building. From high-performance homes to appliances and heating systems, the top 10 articles covered a wide range of interests.

In 2013, the Proud Green Home at Serenbe was built and stories about it occupy a number of the Top 10 spots for the year. But stories about appliances, small apartments and Great Green Homes were also popular.

Taking the top spot was a look at new appliances from GE that show the next trend after stainless steel.

Stories about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe were the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth most popular among the top 10. Those articles covered the LG ducted mini split HVAC system, the introductory tour, the guided video tour, and the full immersive 3D tour of the home.

Our third most popular story asked, "Would you live in a 425-sq-ft apartment?" Apparently, many readers were intrigued by the idea. Take a look and see what you think.

The seventh most popular story was about a new home in Naples, Fla., that used insulated concrete forms for its wall structure.

Next came the story about the first certified Active House (as opposed to Passive House) in the U.S. It's a high-performance home that fits seamlessly into a historic home in a St. Louis suburb.

Check out the predictions for the Top 10 Green Build Megatrends for 2013. How many came true? Take a look at the forecast for 2014.

Rounding out the Top 10 was a story about an Earthship-style home in Montana. This is a deep green home built from recycled materials and innovative building techniques. It may not be everyone’s choice, but it offers some real lessons for sustainable building.

Read more about sustainability trends.

Topics: Appliances, Building Green, Home Design & Plans, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF, Interior Design, Passive House, Proud Green Home at Serenbe, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Trends / Statistics

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Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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