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If you ever tried to book a reservation in Big Sur, California then you know first hand how scarce and expensive accommodations there can be.  If you really love the place (and you must), then why not a tiny personal get away with your own bed, chair and a desk? At least that is what [continue reading…]

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Kristin Musgnug, an art Professor at the University of Arkansas and independent painter, wanted to extend her favored mix of beauty and brains to the construction of a self-sufficient home. Musgnug took her artistic skills and economic know-how and built her dream home, deliberate from the foundation to the fastigium. As with all housing, the [continue reading…]

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Qatar has the highest carbon emissions per capita in the world; three times as high as the United States.  According to the World Wildlife Fund, “if every human being lived like the average Qatari, the Earth would need nearly five times more resources than it has”. Who can blame them? If you lived in the [continue reading…]

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These days, it’s easy to see that the focus is on saving energy and reducing costs associated with rising energy prices. But let’s face it, there is a huge difference between being verbally “trendy” and being able to supply actual convincing data. This is precisely the reason why attention has been recently drawn to a [continue reading…]

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Stephanie and Jason Specht knew that they wanted a home that was energy efficient, practical, and attractive, but finding a contractor to share their dream was proving difficult. The push to economize space, money, and natural resources has encouraged both companies and individuals to implement healthier, more sustainable practices. However, ecologically-friendly buildings and methods often [continue reading…]

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Located on the southern slope of a mountain overlooking the Willamette Valley’s gorgeous wine region (Newberg, Oregon), the Karuna House Karuna Passive house is a construction venture challenging the three most demanding green building standards: Passive House (PHIUS+), Minergie-P-ECO, and LEED for Homes Platinum. In a real world application the triple certification might be an [continue reading…]

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Portland architect Jeff Stern had a vision – he wanted to construct a home/workspace that would blend cutting-edge contemporary design with the highest possible degree of energy efficiency. The type of structure he had in mind is known as a passive house, or passivhaus – a building that requires very little energy to heat and [continue reading…]

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The builders of the Cottle Zero Energy Home say their newly build luxury house was recognized as one of the highest-performance, greenest and most energy efficient homes in the entire California. It was certified LEED Platinum, Passive House, EPA Indoor Air Plus, Net Zero Energy, and was awarded a special commendation by the California Energy [continue reading…]

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The modest Sunnyvale, CA ranch house dated back to 1957 and was causing the owners – Jerry and Charlotte and their two young children not a little discomfort with constant drafts, condensation and problems with mold. Some of the rooms were also outdated and inflexible in terms of layout. It was time for change. Actually, [continue reading…]

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You can huff and puff but you won’t blow these straw houses down.  Prefabricated straw bale construction might sound like something from “The Three Little Pigs” but it’s an innovative building technique that is being implemented in several countries to construct passive homes and buildings. Some form of straw bale construction has been around since [continue reading…]

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