Gallery: Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Hom...

Although Texas is a red state and Republicans aren't always known for their love of renewable energy, the striking UR22 home by Vincent Snyder Architects completely flips this stereotype on its head. A combination of passive design techniques, the clever use of materials, and solar and geothermal energy harvesting ensures that the 4,000 square-foot single family residence eats up half as much energy per square foot as a conventional home does. The home is LEED Gold certified, and it also harvests all of its own rainwater, which is channeled into a collection tank for later reuse. It's big, like everything else in Texas, but it's also smart - read on for a look inside!

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  1. Tafline Laylin August 17, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Good to know Chad!

  2. caeman August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Au contraire, Ms. Laylin, many of us Republicans LOVE renewable energy, as it leads to energy independence and a greater level of national security.

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