Green Builder Media Announces Ground-Breaking of Extreme Climate, Off-the-Grid Sustainability Institute and Demonstration Project

Green Builder Media Announces Ground-Breaking of Extreme Climate, Off-the-Grid Sustainability Institute and Demonstration Project

Colorado site offers building science and product testing at high altitude.
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The VISION House at Mariposa Meadows, shown here in rendering, will consist of three entirely self-sufficient, off-grid structures: Atrium Duet—two living units connected by a central enclosed atrium/living space; Aspen Cabin—two story structure with open loft; Studio—two story structure with garage on first floor and studio on second floor.

Mariposa Meadows is an 120-acre in-holding surrounded by millions of acres of National Forest land and Federal wilderness area, located near Lake City, high in the Colorado Rockies.

Green Builder Media is building the VISION House at Mariposa Meadows to showcase sustainable living in a high-altitude setting, develop state-of-the-art research facilities to explore green building, renewable energy, extreme weather, wildfire mitigation, ecosystem management, and sustainable agriculture.

The project will feature sustainable homes and buildings for ongoing monitoring, a central renewable energy system to power all structures, a meeting center for thought leadership summits and training, testing and research labs, experimental greenhouses and gardens, workshops and barns, and environmental/habitat research facilities.

Green Builder Media Co-founder Ron Jones takes a load off on a relic of yesteryear. Far from considering the old ways obsolete, he notes that old and new and futuristic all play a part in creating a sustainable existence.

Green Builder Media CEO Sara Gutterman is excited about the immense possibilities that will come from this project. Green Builder Media will publish research and testing results through articles, white papers, blogs, and live and online presentations.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: Green Builder Media's VISION House Series

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October 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder Media proudly introduces the company’s first entirely self-sufficient, off-the-grid project in our VISION House Series. The VISION House at Mariposa Meadows and the ReVISION House at Rancho La Garita, perched high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, unite extraordinary design, extreme performance, innovative products and intelligent technology.

“The VISION House at Mariposa Meadows will demonstrate advanced green building practices and enabling technologies in a high altitude, extreme climate,” says Ron Jones, Green Builder Media President and cofounder. “Our goal with the project is to implement and test solutions that can be replicated in urban, suburban, and rural locations across the country.  If we can construct completely self-sufficient, independent, net-zero energy and water homes at 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies, they can be built anywhere.”

State-of-the-art research facilities will allow manufacturers, building scientists, and other building industry professionals to explore green building, renewable energy, extreme weather, resilient housing best practices, wildfire mitigation, ecosystem management, and sustainable agriculture.

“For the past decade, Green Builder Media has not just been reporting news about green building, we’ve been breaking ground, making news, and helping to shape the conversation about sustainable living with our thought leadership editorial, cutting-edge VISION House demonstration projects, involvement in the code and regulatory arena, and advocacy efforts,” says Sara Gutterman, CEO and cofounder of Green Builder Media. “The VISION House at Mariposa Meadows is one more step in our grand plan to develop solutions for a sustainable future.”

Grand opening for the project is slated for Summer 2015. Read more about this project.

National sponsors of this project include:
Structural Insulated Panel Association—SIPs
Uponor—radiant heat and fire protection system
Panasonic—ventilation fans
Beam—central vacuum
Grundfos—solar powered and super efficient pumps
DuPont—housewrap and weatherization products
Schlage—locks and door hardware
EuroLine Windows Inc.—high-performance European style tilt & turn windows
AFM—rigid insulation
NFPA—fire prevention consulting
Kohler—plumbing fixtures
Behr—paints and stains.
About Green Builder Media
Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in North America focused on green building and sustainable living. With a comprehensive suite of print and digital media solutions, demonstration projects, case studies, online training and live events, Green Builder Media assists building professionals in preparing themselves for the new green economy and helps homeowners understand how to live more sustainably. For more information, visit


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