Katalin Szubota Specializes in High Performance, Healthier Home Sales

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Anatomy of a Green Home

Anatomy of an Energy Efficient Home

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The First to the Future Home

FTF_HomeTalk about Sexy Green Homes!  You don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort to live in a sustainably built home and Ty Pennington will show you why and how.  Incorporating smart technology and high quality sustainable building practices, your home can be any size yet, stylish, healthier and efficient.

Designed by The Martin Architectural Group which has established the Martin Green Studio, headed by Mike Rosen AIA, LEED AP ND and a dedicated team of LEED accredited and NAHB Certified Green professionals committed to exploring sustainable, yet affordable solutions to the built environment.  His design philosophy is the belief that every project presents the opportunity to rethink the relationship between humans and nature and thus, introduce sustainable design practices.

“First of the Future Home” project located  in Palm Cost Florida, will showcase what it takes to make a home energy efficient, weather and storm resistant, healthy, smart and much more.

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Here are some of the sustainable products from these companies that this home will have incorporated.

Advanced Conservation Technology, Inc. DBA ACT Inc. D’MAND® Systems started in 1993 in Southern California. ACT is an American company, with our products made in America, developed with American technology. ACT Inc. D’MAND® Systems have been funded and tested by the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in existing homes. Test results have proven to save both water and energy at a cost of less than one dollar a year.

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SUN-MAR, NUMI OR TOTO? That is the question!

We’re Talking Sexy High Efficiency Toilets (HET’s)

Not something from a Star Wars episode or sci-fi flick.


Todays technology affords us the luxury to combine comfort, style and be energy efficient and water wise even when choosing a toilet.  Toilets are also called: privy, latrine, water closet, or lavatory. Contrary to urban legend Sir Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet.  Did you know King Minos of Crete had the first flushing water closet recorded in history and that was over 2800 years ago?  Chamber pots were used during the middle ages.  A chamber pot is a special metal or ceramic bowl that you used and then tossed the contents out (often out the window).  Ewwww!   More on the timeline of toilets, brushes and paper if you’re interest can be found here

I feel like a NUMI

Kohler’s most advanced toilet for those who can indulge in luxury.

Numi is very efficient and is Water Sense labeled.  You can buy it now at Home Depot at a starting point of ONLY $4,989.98. But look what it comes with.   WaterSense®-labeled toilets use at least 20% less water than standard 1.6-gallon toilets while still meeting strict flushing performance guidelines. NUMI is 1.28 gpf or 0.6 gpf.  Motion-Activated Cover and Seat – Advanced Bidet Functionality – Integrated Air Dryer – Deodorizer – Heated Seat – Foot Warmer – Illuminated Panels – Music – all with a slick remote control.  Check out the video and see for your self this sophisticated, automatic flush system and unprecedented water savings and power toilet.


TOTO too? 

SanaGloss  glaze minimizes debris, mold and bacteria from sticking to porous ceramic surfaces. F R E S H !

TOTO too, has a 1.28 gpf without sacrificing performance.  TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer from Japan.  They have a state of the art plant in Morrow, Georgia.  Their products are constructed and fine-tuned with computer precision and attention to detail.  Also is an EPA Water Sense Partner.

  • Dual-flush flushing system, low consumption (1.6GPF/6.0LPF & 0.9GPF/3.0LPF)
  • SanaGloss® ceramic glaze – prevents debris, mold from sticking to ceramic surfaces, leading to fewer chemicals and less water in cleaning
  • Universal Height
  • CalGreen compliant

Wall-hung toilet can be paired with TOTO in-wall tank system as well as others.  Worth a look and affordable price ranges.


SUN-MAR – from nature, back to nature

Composting Toilet, the most environmental, efficient toilet.  You’ve come a long way baby!

Sun-Mar Composting Toilet system for every situation.  Pools, cabanas, boats, cottages, camps, and yes, even homes!  They also have a Sun-Mar for every electrical situation – electric, non electric, or solar. One of the biggest concerns most people have is odor.  As well as ensuring an aerobic breakdown in the Bio-drum, Sun-Mar ensures an odor free environment by engineering the air flow within the unit to maintain a partial vacuum at all times. Air is being drawn in either by a fan (or on non-electric units by the vent chimney) over the evaporating chamber and up the vent stack. Not only does this evaporate excess liquid, but by continuously pulling air in we ensure no smell escapes from the unit.  No chemicals just peat moss bulking material.  Waste goes to fertilizing.  Definitely worth checking out Sun-Mar.  

Of course, using a composting toilet is a little different than using a conventional one, especially since you can’t just flush and forget. You won’t be flushing, though you can use toilet paper. Instead, after each use, you may sprinkle in some bulking agent or starter culture. Then you’re done! Depending on your system, you may need to aerate your humanure and of course you’ll need to empty it as part of the regular maintenance.  Just look as these examples of composting toilets, pretty stylish, don’t you think?

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Designers : Oscar González Muñoz and Cristián Corcuera Coutiño

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Simply Fab Pre-Fab Homes

Pre Fabricated Homes  from Luxurious to Fabulous Mini homes

by Katalin Szubota


So what makes a pre-fab home green you ask? Lets first explore the different types of prefabricated building techniques which will help you decide which style you prefer and what fits your budget.

Web definitions

  1. Prefabricated homes, often referred to as prefab homes, are dwellings manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. Some current prefab home designs include architectural details inspired by postmodernism or futurist architecture.

Environmental Benefits of Prefabrication:  They include minimized waste, reduced construction timelines, limited exposure to the elements, fixed cost, streamlined skilled labour, and limited site impact: Building in a centralized location allows for the utilization of leftover construction materials while a focus on employing all materials results in overall waste diversion up to 85 percent.

Types of pre-fab techniques:

ModularModular: It’s like big boxes put together and set with cranes onto site. It’s very predictable, and more environmental than conventional site building.

SIPSPanalized Building /SIPS (structural insulated panels) Whether you’re searching for green building products or just want to save money, structural insulated panels provide the answers you need for energy-efficient, easy construction that cuts utility bills every month.  SIPs work in walls and roofs for new construction and additions, on foundations ranging from poured concrete to blocks and insulated concrete forms.


Steel Frame & Insulated Panels: Virtually is indestructible, renewable and recyclable.  Steel framed buildings, manufactured using  5-Star Steel Frame System, can be produced very quickly and constructed using modular, prefab, build-on-site or transportable methods enabling construction flexibility for lower overheads, quicker manufacturing.

AdvFrameTechniqueAdvanced Framing Techniques: Using less wood, careful details, pre-cutting and panelizing some portions of the building are great way to build green homes.

Here are a few examples of how builders of pre-fab homes build their green homes.

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  • all homes are certifiable as green buildings (from USGBC LEED, Build-It-Green, Greenpoint Rated, etc.)
  • use of prefabrication, and building in factories, is the most resource efficient and most sustainable form of wood-frame construction.
  • all homes use healthy materials, with no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds)
  • use products with high recycled content, and cradle-to-cradle life cycle certification.
  • design for solar panels and alternative energy systems.
  • engineer net-zero energy homes.
  • many homes have green roofs, water catchement, and other sustainable technologies.
  • design many off-the-grid homes.

Now This is Fab.  see more here


Built greener

  • Structural steel frame is made of up to 90% recycled content and is 100% recyclable
  • Every Blu home is LEED silver certifiable without additional upgrades
  • Hardwood flooring options are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and sustainably farmed
  • Every home is designed to maximize natural light using proper solar orientation and thoughtful architectural design
  • Built within the controlled factory conditions of our U.S. factory to reduce waste and duration of on-site construction time


  • Every home uses low-flow fixtures on faucets, shower heads and sinks
  • Energy-efficient lighting and appliances are included in the cost of all homes
  • Homes are built with rigid foam insulation that has the highest R-value per inch of any economical building materials
  • Insulation is made with recycled materials and a soy-based binder to make your home comfortable at no detriment to the environment
  • Homes have sealed seams over insulation and utilize expanding foam to seal any larger gaps and seams and are tested to measure any outside air infiltration

Healthier to live in

  • Radiant floor heat keeps your home comfortable without circulating dust and allergens throughout your home
  • Building within a climate-controlled environment keeps mold and moisture out of the building envelope
  • Enjoy living with low or no VOC paints and finishes that are always formaldehyde-free
  • Open spacious layouts maximize airflow and have systems in place to protect against stale or stagnant air
  • Hard floor surfaces protect against allergens and molds


See More Blue Homes here

This is a must see tour of a fab mini green home, given by the owner.