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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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LivingHomes Reveals First LEED Platinum Certified Multifamily Development in Silicon Valley!

LivingHomes Reveals First LEED Platinum Certified Multifamily Development in Silicon Valley!

The LivingHomes project in Los Altos achieved the “Z6” environmental goals that the Santa Monica-based firm sets for all of its projects. All of the wood used in the construction is from Forest

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Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

When Bailo Rull ADD+ took on this project, one of the main problems they had to solve was how to design a social housing project with a misguided solar orientation? The masterplan called for a linear

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Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Measuring in at just 96 sq. ft., the space is a cozy home with a loft big enough for a bedroom and storage for Falck's clothes. The lounge and living area on the bottom floor offers a place to relax and

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Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

This is a mixed-use development that clusters all the services (such as waste and energy generation) in one central space to ensure maximum efficiency. Each apartment is positioned for maximum solar

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Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Former Soap Factory Cleaned Up Into a Sustainable Housing Project in Brussels

Located less than half a mile from the Grand’Place in Brussels, Savonnerie Heymans is a social housing project converted from a former soap factory. The green renovation was led by MDW Architecture who

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BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a Glass-Clad Greenhouse Housing Project in France

BORÉAL is a social housing project in Nantes, France designed by TETRARC for Habitat 44. The complex is formed from a row of 11 tall and narrow volumes with their own peaked roofs. Inside, there are 39

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Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Solar-Powered Prefab Skyville Complex Commences Construction in Singapore

Prefab construction has become so widely used that it's now possible to precast a building as large as WOHA's 960-unit Skyville @ Dawson housing complex in Singapore! The massive solar-powered city

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Modern Richardson Apartments Provide Low Income Housing In the Heart of San Francisco

Modern Richardson Apartments Provide Low Income Housing In the Heart of San Francisco

The Richardson Apartments by David Baker + Partners are named in honor of Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson, local activists and founders of Marcus Books, the oldest black bookstore in the country, founded

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Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Rosa Gardens was constructed on an urban infill lot and it offers 57 units of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. The project also includes a common laundry room, a community room, a pool, bike racks, a basketball

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Bamboo Orchard Subdivision is a Rainbow Colored Modular Housing Development in the Phillipines

Bamboo Orchard Subdivision is a Rainbow Colored Modular Housing Development in the Phillipines

Buensalido+Architects had the goal of creating a housing development that instilled a sense of pride in the owners through improved architectural design and construction quality. Each building features a

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Europe’s Tallest Living Wall Rises Over London’s Digby Road Apartments

Europe’s Tallest Living Wall Rises Over London’s Digby Road Apartments

Completed in November of last year, Digby Road offers a mix of affordable one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments. The ground floor also features commercial space for shops and cafes for the

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EKO:BODE Brings Affordable Green Modern Living to Australia

EKO:BODE Brings Affordable Green Modern Living to Australia

Horizon Housing Company (HHC) is set to boost its eco-credentials by building Australia’s first boutique, affordable residential project. HHC’s EKO:BODE project, which is currently under construction

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Grödians is a Vibrant & Energy Efficient Social Housing Community in Scotland

Grödians is a Vibrant & Energy Efficient Social Housing Community in Scotland

The project is made up of 34 new-build social houses for Hjaltland Housing Association and provide a variety of 1-4 bedroom dwellings. The houses are oriented towards the street to improve access and

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SMPLy Mod Prefab Prototype Home Lands in British Colombia

SMPLy Mod Prefab Prototype Home Lands in British Colombia

The prefab home builder designed, fabricated and installed the two story house in just 9 weeks this past fall. Located on a derelict subdivision lot, the home was built on a concrete pier foundation

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8 Affordable Chicago Eco Apartment Buildings Achieve Economies of Scale

8 Affordable Chicago Eco Apartment Buildings Achieve Economies of Scale

As a way of bringing the price per unit down, Bickerdike made use of economies of scale by building 8 apartment buildings rather than just one. The buildings range from 6 to 27 units each and area all a

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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Octagonal Living Unit is an Eco-Friendly House Alternative Under $25,000

Octagonal Living Unit is an Eco-Friendly House Alternative Under $25,000

Drawing on ideas from his sculpture practice, Virginia-based artist Craig Pleasants has designed an octagonal, eco-friendly kit house as a low-budget housing alternative that is both beautiful and

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Containers of Hope: Cool Costa Rican Shipping Container House Only Costs $40,000

Containers of Hope: Cool Costa Rican Shipping Container House Only Costs $40,000

You might remember Saxe as the architect who built his mother this gorgeous bamboo retreat with a moon skylight. Although based in London, Saxe spends a lot of time in Central America and he helped

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Dan Phillips Builds Enchanting and Affordable Houses from Recycled Materials

Dan Phillips Builds Enchanting and Affordable Houses from Recycled Materials

When Dan Phillips was a child, he saw his parents suffer through the Great Depression years and he quickly learned to value what he had. When he was 14 years old he built a bicycle completely out of scrap

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Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

R+B Arqts had five innovation criteria in mind while designing this social housing project. First, they wanted each apartment to have multiple solar orientations and cross ventilation. Second, the

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LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

The Santa Monica-based company, LivingHomes, contracted Ray Kappe and Kieran Timberlake to design their prefabulous homes. The Los Altos project is Kappe's first multi-family residence and includes

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INTERVIEW: Architect Hank Louis on ‘Design Build Bluff’ and Sustainable Homes

INTERVIEW: Architect Hank Louis on ‘Design Build Bluff’ and Sustainable Homes

Photo credit: Keith Carlsen Each spring, Hank Louis takes a team of 22 University of Utah architecture grad students down to Bluff, Utah, where they live for the semester to build a home for someone on

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Tassafaronga Village Repurposes A Defunct Pasta Factory Into Green Affordable Housing

Tassafaronga Village Repurposes A Defunct Pasta Factory Into Green Affordable Housing

After years of trying to redevelop the site into social housing, the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) finally got a boost from HUD and brought on David Baker to re-envision the site. The new 7.5 acre

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Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Off-Grid Rammed Earth House On Navajo Nation Catches The Wind

Back in May 2010, 22 grad students from the University of Colorado Denver started planning Maxine Begay's new home and then started construction on it in September. This is the first semester a student

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Leftover T-Wall Barricades Could Provide Modular Housing For Iraqi Families

Leftover T-Wall Barricades Could Provide Modular Housing For Iraqi Families

T-walls could easily transition to become the side walls of one story homes, with the wide base buried underneath the ground acting as a foundation. The 12 ft T-Walls (also called Texas Walls) would then

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Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Slumtube: Affordable Housing Made From Shipping Pallets!

Schnetzer and Gregor built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, improving upon their original design to make it even more affordable. In previous designs, the pallets were used

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Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris

Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris

Located on a site in Bondy, a town east of Paris, the new social housing project is bordered by a gymnasium, school and suburban housing on avenue Henri Barbusse. The four-story building is shaped like a

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Affordable Artist Housing Helps Revitialize CA Town

Affordable Artist Housing Helps Revitialize CA Town

The affordable housing project is supported and funded by the City of Lancaster as part of their Downtown Specific Plan to transform this mostly vacant city area into a place of historic, cultural,

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World Habitat Day is This Monday, October 4th!

World Habitat Day is This Monday, October 4th!

This Monday, Oct. 4, Habitat for Humanity will join efforts around the world to mark World Habitat Day, a day the United Nations has set aside to call attention to the dire need for affordable, adequate

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