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Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Usually wood is dried and treated before it is used to build a home, but not so with the Caretaker's House by Invisible Studio. By felling the wood on site and putting it to use immediately, the design

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Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

This month, Paul Testa Architecture obtained planning approval to build an earth-sheltered home in the United Kingdom. The Burrows is a highly sustainable single-family home that will be built into a

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London’s First Certified Passivehaus Saves 90% Off its Energy Bill

London’s First Certified Passivehaus Saves 90% Off its Energy Bill

London’s first Passivehaus has a heavily insulated shell made from prefabricated European larch timber. The term Passivehaus refers to an advanced low-energy construction standard that ensures homes are

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Passivehaus Container Complex Proposed for Leeds Waterfront

Passivehaus Container Complex Proposed for Leeds Waterfront

Waterfronts that were once the bustling heart of industrial British cities are now more commonly seen as the hub of hot new property developments. However, initiatives like the 36 Calls Design Competition

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Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

The Jung Haus, designed by architecture and construction firm GO Logic, is the first official passive house in the state of Michigan. This 2,440 square foot, three-bedroom residence includes features that

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Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

A self-contained village in the Netherlands called De Hogeweyk is designed to protect people who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Called Dementia Village, the center allows its inhabitants to shop,

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we've featured

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AA Students Build a Gorgeous Cocoon Treehouse Retreat in England

AA Students Build a Gorgeous Cocoon Treehouse Retreat in England

The temporary frame for the structure was constructed using only four untreated sheets of plywood and one locally milled cedar tree. The strips were bandaged together to create a façade stiff enough to

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Architect Liam Young Imagines a Sci-Fi Future City Under Tomorrow’s Sky

Architect Liam Young Imagines a Sci-Fi Future City Under Tomorrow’s Sky

Liam Young is an independent designer, futurist, critic and curator, and also the founder of Tomorrow's Thoughts Today. Based in London, this imaginative think tank explores fictional near-future

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Solar-Powered Autarkhome House Boat Brings Passivhaus Living to the High Seas

Solar-Powered Autarkhome House Boat Brings Passivhaus Living to the High Seas

The two story Autarkhome has everything a family needs. The IKEA-clad interior is large enough to host a six guest dinner party, a sprawling kitchen, two large bedrooms and a double-sink bathroom. The top

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Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Josep Bunyesc's home consists of a ground floor, first floor and a basement, where the architect has his office. The wooden shelter with solar panels on its facade is orientated to the south to capture

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The Muse: Bere Architects’ Paradisiacal London Home Has Four Roof Gardens, Forty Trees, Ponds and Meadows

The Muse: Bere Architects’ Paradisiacal London Home Has Four Roof Gardens, Forty Trees, Ponds and Meadows

Inspired by the German Passivhaus approach and technical methods developed by physicist Wolfgang Feist, Bere Architects' own director Justin Bere started building his own home back in 2002. Low CO2

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Little Compton is a Charming Passive Retreat in Rhode Island

Little Compton is a Charming Passive Retreat in Rhode Island

Little Compton Retreat is designed as a simple, gable-roofed structure with two bedrooms, with an open floor living, dining and kitchen area in the center. A bedroom is located on either side of the

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London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

The Jodrell Laboratory extension, dubbed 'The Wolfson Wing', achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' mark and was designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable in many aspects. Among the most distinctive

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Casa Leon: Low-Impact Home Mimics the Spanish Mountains With a Sloping Green Roof

Casa Leon: Low-Impact Home Mimics the Spanish Mountains With a Sloping Green Roof

Casa Leon consists of three airy and bright rooms joined by a single vertex. This layout makes the home's interior spaces feel connected yet separate at the same time. Big windows offer amazing

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Facebook to Launch New Energy Efficiency App in 2012

Facebook to Launch New Energy Efficiency App in 2012

Facebook just announced that it will partner with Opower and the National Resources Defense Council to launch a new energy efficiency Facebook app in 2012. Users of the app will be able to log into a

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World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

Photo © DBU The Lippe Bad Lünen pool is expected to draw 250,000 visitors a year, making the facility a breakthrough project for public green building and saving about a dollar per visitor in energy

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LifeCycle Tower in Austria Will Be World’s Tallest Wooden Building

LifeCycle Tower in Austria Will Be World’s Tallest Wooden Building

The core of the prefab system is a wooden post and beam construction that supports a concrete slab. The utilities and elevator core of the building can be made from either concrete or wood. The exterior

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Gorgeous Energy Neutral Townhouse in Amsterdam

Gorgeous Energy Neutral Townhouse in Amsterdam

The four-story town home achieved Passivehaus energy efficiency standards with an insulation value of rc=10, liquid tight joints, and HR-ventilation. Air is pre-heated or pre-cooled with a ground source

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One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

With the steady rise of the Passivhaus building system, we are being treated to some brilliant new ideas on how to design to the standard. Architecture Firm Karawitz designed this home in Bessancourt,

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BuildGreen Solutions Launches Energy Efficient Home Retrofit in Canada

BuildGreen Solutions Launches Energy Efficient Home Retrofit in Canada

One of the most energy efficient single family home retrofits ever attempted in Canada is now under way. The project will be carbon neutral and feature a 3.5 kw PV installation, a 10,000 litre cistern for

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