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NIST-House

NIST House looks and feels like a regular house but actually it is a state of the art Net Zero Energy residential test facility; a 2,700 square foot lab at the campus of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, MD. Yes, a true energy nerd’s paradise. Folks who built it believe “Nothing [continue reading...]

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Glencoe

When it comes to aesthetics, a green home doesn’t always have to stand out from the rest of the properties on the street. If you approached this new LEED platinum certified home in Glencoe, Illinois, known as the Slotnick Residence, the first thing you’d notice is how beautifully this house relates to the other homes [continue reading...]

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Qatar Passive-House

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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berkeley green house from car-parts

Architects Karl Wanaselja and partner Cate Leger have a goal for every project – shrink the ecological footprint while creating lyrical and enduring buildings.  Following their aspirations they built a unique small house in Berkeley, CA, called the McGee House. This eye popping habitat consists of 104 salvaged car roofs which cover the upper side [continue reading...]

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LowriseHouse_Exteriornight

Dan Spiegel sees your McMansion and raises you the energy-efficient “Low/Rise House.” Dan’s parents, both professors at Stanford, were looking to economize their living situation and move into a rancher-style house that better suited their needs, without sacrificing luxury but without all the fuss and nonsense of a labyrinthine mansion. Luckily for them, their son [continue reading...]

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specht and passive house

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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compressed earth blocks

In our quest for a greater sustainable living we have looked to the future for the clean, green technologies to provide us with the requirements of an ever-expanding human population. Now, we are looking to the past at some older building methods and modernising them with newer (yet eco-friendly) materials to create the home of [continue reading...]

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