Coming Home: Chronicling the (re)creation of the JP Green House
In the spring of 2008, Ken Ward and Andrée Zaleska bought a house. Not just any house: a dilapidated neighborhood store in need of some serious love. The pair, along with their respective children, are working to make the JP Green House a zero-carbon, sustainable building — and a demo home that will be open to the public. Follow their adventures in the story index at right.
Stories in this series:
Take a walk through the JP Green House [video]
JP Green House walk-through from Ken Ward on Vimeo. Walk through of JP Green House, by Ken Ward, co-founder, and Simon Hare & Declan Keefe of Placetailor, showing materials, design and construction techiques being used, aiming to meet passivhaus standards and meet negative, net carbon impact objective.
JP Green House intern dines with construction crew
Five construction workers and I crowd around a covered picnic table outside a run-down little house on the outskirts of Boston. Formerly a 100-year-old neighborhood store called "Jack's Corner Store," the place was abandoned for five years before current owners Ken Ward and Andrée Zaleska purchased it in 2008.
How to talk to your friends about climate change
I may soon end up walking the streets of Boston with a sandwich board and a tinfoil hat. I know you’ll all remember me fondly when that day comes, and stop to say hello and maybe buy me a sandwich. But in the meantime, with my wits still somewhat collected, I’m going to tell you about my present struggles with self-expression and what I think they mean. I was lucky to find an old friend on Facebook recently, and then to have breakfast with him in Washingon D.C., where we were both attending conferences. Eric and I spent a summer …