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'Zero Energy Idea House'

Washington state couple build green for themselves, and to teach others

The small living room, 11 feet by 12 feet, sits just off the kitchen in the Bellevue, Wash., home of Donna and Riley Shirey. Their home has a 5-star Built Green rating.
The small living room, 11 feet by 12 feet, sits just off the kitchen in the Bellevue, Wash., home of Donna and Riley Shirey. Their home has a 5-star Built Green rating.
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Before she got into the construction business 41 years ago, Donna Shirey was a teacher. Turns out, she still is. “Our first project with SIPs was in 1987,” says Shirey, co-founder of Shirey Handyman and Remodeling, discussing the benefits of building with structural insulated panels. “The first show we ever did was the Tacoma Home Show in 1987. People said to us, ‘You’re gonna put foam in houses? I read about that in Popular Science.’ ” ...


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