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Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Does insulation excite you? No? Well how about a house with zero heating bill? If you've been reading Inhabitat for a while there's a good chance you know what a passive house is. These super insulated,

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Sheep Can Graze on the Grassy Roof of this Earthship Farmstead

Sheep Can Graze on the Grassy Roof of this Earthship Farmstead

Earthship Farmstead’s earth-bermed design helps the family home to blend into the surrounding landscape, with the entrance facing the sun to the east. The sod roof also insulates the interior, keeping

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University of East Anglia in England Unveils Plans for Greenest Low-Carbon Building in the UK

University of East Anglia in England Unveils Plans for Greenest Low-Carbon Building in the UK

The University of East Anglia in Norwich, England will soon be home to one of the greenest buildings ever created in the United Kingdom. The new £8M Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre will

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens

Macro Micro Studio: Students to Build UK’s First Net-Zero Live/Work Studio at Dundee Botanic Gardens

Macro Micro Studio is a 50-square-meter (538-square-foot) live-work Passivhaus developed by the University of Dundee’s Macro Micro research unit at the Botanic Gardens in Dundee. The project will be

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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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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

Designed by the Technical University of Denmark, the Plus Energy FOLD House is a versatile modular home that can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on how its site is laid

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London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

The primary material consists of relatively low-cost and lightweight EPS foam that allows unique interior and exterior designs to be created. The blocks are pre-cut prior to arrival at the construction

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Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

MoSA Architects' work is focused on developing and building affordable and energy efficient homes that make it easy for the homeowner to minimize their environmental impact. Prior to their most recent

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become much

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Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

The Biosphere is one of the only museums of its kind, dedicated solely to the environment and environmental education. Each of the halls in the museum are dedicated to a series of rotating exhibitions,

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D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

Both the windmill and inner farmhouse square were built in 1841, and preserved and protected as landmarks. Govaert & Vanhoutte wanted to pay respect to the historic structures while introducing a

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PHOTOS: 125 Haus is Utah’s Most Energy Efficient and Cost Effective Single Family House

PHOTOS: 125 Haus is Utah’s Most Energy Efficient and Cost Effective Single Family House

Hailing from Germany, Rügemer was accustomed to a higher standard of efficient design for homes and planned to one day build the house of his dreams here in the US for his family. He set out to build an

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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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The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

Philadelphia just gave the go-ahead for a large mixed-use multi-family housing project that is urban friendly and energy frugal. Conceived by design/build group Onion Flats, The Ridge' will be the

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Arkus’ Green-Walled Eco Office is a Flexible Workspace that Blends Into its Surroundings

Arkus’ Green-Walled Eco Office is a Flexible Workspace that Blends Into its Surroundings

Arkus were approached to design a flexible office space that can easily be reconfigured, so they developed an floor plan of 4 expandable blocks divided by “green” entrance service cores. A

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A Better World by Design Kicks Off This Weekend in Rhode Island!

A Better World by Design Kicks Off This Weekend in Rhode Island!

We are eagerly awaiting the 2011 A Better World by Design conference coming up this weekend, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, on the campuses of the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. We have covered

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SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

Portuguese designer Alan Monteiro has illustrated his vision of green transportation: an aerodynamic carbon swallowing, wastewater recycling, oxygen releasing, unmanned shuttle bus concept called SKhy.

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Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

The project started out as a vision for an entire community -- the medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to

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New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

Try to imagine the perfect wall system -- it would be durable, super-efficient, thin and simple to install. Researchers at HTWK Leipzig, a German university of allied sciences, are currently working on

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Denmark’s Spiraling Wood Sea Bath is an Oceanic Oasis for Swimmers

Denmark’s Spiraling Wood Sea Bath is an Oceanic Oasis for Swimmers

Photo © Ole Haupt Designed by architect Fredrik Pettersson, the Sea Bath is an oasis at sea, located 100 meters from the shore. Curving around and around, wooden ramps gently incline towards the peak,

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Beautiful Slatted Swiss Warehouse Emulates the Surrounding Forest

Beautiful Slatted Swiss Warehouse Emulates the Surrounding Forest

The Operation Center Burgergemeinde is a rustic framework of natural wooden slats located in Biel, Switzerland. Designed by Berlin based firm, Bauzeit Architekten, the spanning buildings and courtyard

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Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

The home's long skinny lot, with partial shading and awkward orientation prevented the architects from achieving the aggressive Passivhaus standards. Instead they maximized the solar potential as well as

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Nanjing Eco Housing To Feature Cascading Living Walls and High Tech Facade

Nanjing Eco Housing To Feature Cascading Living Walls and High Tech Facade

Working with a predetermined massing and volume of the development, BDP maneuvered around the basic block buildings to design a sustainable project. Relying on solar passive design, the east-west

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PHOTOS: Inside Williamsburg’s New Passive House by Loadingdock5

PHOTOS: Inside Williamsburg’s New Passive House by Loadingdock5

We write about cool green buildings all the time on Inhabitat, but seeing them with our own eyes is a special treat. That's why we were stoked when the owners and architects of Williamsburg's very first

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MUT Architecture Unveils 12 Wooden Passive Houses for Parisian Suburb

MUT Architecture Unveils 12 Wooden Passive Houses for Parisian Suburb

Each of the 12 houses leans to a different side, allowing them to make the most of the site's available solar resource. Generous glazing on the front and rear of each house draws in light and encourages

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Delta Tower: Carbon-Neutral Wooden Complex to be Australia’s First Passive House

Delta Tower: Carbon-Neutral Wooden Complex to be Australia’s First Passive House

Australia’s first Passive House certified building will also be part of a new breed of zero carbon multi-story buildings that use wood as a central building component. Designed by Melbourne based Studio

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Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

Swiss Chalet is World’s First Apartment Heated Exclusively by Solar Thermal

This apartment building in Upper Castle, Switzerland is the world's first to be heated exclusively by solar thermal energy. The building borrows heavily from traditional Swiss chalet architecture with its

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New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

New WWF Report Shows How We Can Get to Renewable Only Energy By 2050

Energy may be our single largest and thorniest issue as we progress into the middle of the 21st century and some seriously big thinking about new ways to produce it will have to become commonplace in

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Brooklyn Brownstone Gets a Passive House Renovation

Brooklyn Brownstone Gets a Passive House Renovation

Back in August, we reported on the construction of New York State's first passive house, and since then, the green building standard has been gaining speed in New York City -- especially in Brooklyn. The

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