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Belgravia Green is a Net Zero Energy Showhouse in Edmonton

Belgravia Green is a Net Zero Energy Showhouse in Edmonton

Belgravia Green is a collaborative effort between homeowners, local experts and Effect Home Builders to push the envelope on housing and produce as much energy as the home uses. The 1,540 square-foot home

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Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

The net zero Yin Yang House was created by Brooks + Scarpa for a growing family who wanted a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes family space. The private bedrooms are kept small on

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Austria’s Climate Protection Supermarket Produces More Energy Than It Uses

Austria’s Climate Protection Supermarket Produces More Energy Than It Uses

The Climate Protection Supermarket by LOVE Architecture is self-sufficient in terms of energy production and actually produces more than the store uses, making it Austria’s first energy self-sufficient

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Clemson Students Win Design To Zero Competition With Sustainable and Stylish LiveWork Units

Clemson Students Win Design To Zero Competition With Sustainable and Stylish LiveWork Units

LiveWork by Eric Laine and Suzanne Steelman came out on top of the Dow Solar Design to Zero competition for its clever combination of sustainable building strategies and incorporation of both living and

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Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

mnm.MOD's building system relies on an advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values. Fabricated off-site, the walls

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Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

Pixel is a ‘Future Office’ - a prototype for commercial buildings that produce their own power and collect their own water for a future carbon constrained world. The four story building is home to

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

The Thessaloniki Water Transport system makes use of four piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) around the Greek city to pick up and drop off ferry passengers. Giannikis SHOP proposed a

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University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

The building includes the BC Hydro Theatre, which utilizes advanced visualization and interaction technologies to engage audiences in environmental topics and climate change scenarios. It also features a

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The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The house makes use of classic solar passive design strategies like clerestory windows on the north side, and principle rooms on the south side -- both arranged to take advantage of the sunlight and

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Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Haiti Partners secured a 2.8 acre parcel in Bawosya, in the mountains 4 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project will consist of eight classroom buildings with two classrooms each, as well as

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Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

In order to defend against an attack from the undead, you'll need a specially equipped house that first of all keeps out the brain hungry zombies. Then you'll need a way to sustain yourself while inside

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Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Appalachian State’s Solar Homestead Brings Adaptability and Independent Living to the 2011 Solar Decathlon

A limited budget has made adaptability a top theme this year and The Solar Homestead exemplifies this facet of sustainable design better than most.  A half-bath, outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen can be

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Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Prototype for a Multi-Family Residence

Team Tidewater’s Solar Decathlon Unit 6 is an Efficient Prototype for a Multi-Family Residence

The team took inspiration for its design from the arts and crafts-style homes found throughout the center-city neighborhoods of Norfolk, Virginia. Craftsman style lines, windows and decor put this home in

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Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built for Native Canadians

Team Canada’s Solar Decathlon TRTL Solar Shell Home is Built for Native Canadians

TRTL is a semi-rounded house, which takes inspiration from the tipi's open floorplan. Unlike most Solar Decathlon houses, TRTL is actually a two bedroom home designed specifically for a family and an

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Gorgeous Ruby Springs Prefab Features Hydraulic Shade Screens That Open Up to the Landscape

Gorgeous Ruby Springs Prefab Features Hydraulic Shade Screens That Open Up to the Landscape

The home acts as a big filter, or a frame, for the landscape, and each window and opening captures a specific view in its cross hairs -- whether that be the fields in front of the house or the mountains

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Transforming Truro Vacation Home Reaches Near Zero Energy on Cape Cod

Transforming Truro Vacation Home Reaches Near Zero Energy on Cape Cod

Located on a narrow lot with west-facing views, the Truro Residence features a multi-functional design that accommodates the home's various uses. The top floor acts as the "living bar" and includes a long

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Canada’s First Net Zero Home has 50 Amazing Green Features

Canada’s First Net Zero Home has 50 Amazing Green Features

We don't want to take up your whole day by listing this building's incredible green stats, so we'll just break down what it does for the environment through a combination of sustainable materials, the

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Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

So far, Clayton Homes has built 9 iHomes around the country with their i-House 1.0 concept. These homes are all prefabricated and come with bamboo floors, Energy Star appliances, no VOC paint, CFL

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Elithis Tower: The World’s First Energy Positive Office Building

Elithis Tower: The World’s First Energy Positive Office Building

The tower, which was originally a theoretical challenge initiated by Thierry Bievre, General Director of Elithis Engineering, is made of wood and recycled insulation. Elithis Tower also houses 330 rooftop

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Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Hale Pilihonua, which translates to the “home that is one with the land,” was designed using a holistic approach that functions in harmony with naturally available resources. The tubular home is

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Solar Decathlon 2011: The CHIP House Wears Its Thermal Mass on Its Puffy Sleeve

Solar Decathlon 2011: The CHIP House Wears Its Thermal Mass on Its Puffy Sleeve

The roof-integrated photovoltaic panels will provide 7.8kW of energy. The CHIP team will slant the roof to achieve optimum solar exposure 365 days a year such that the home will have net-zero energy

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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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Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Desert-Topped Gateway Building Blends in with Magestic McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Paying tribute to its location, the Gateway is constructed from rammed earth, although it is every bit as energy efficient and cool as any modern home. Ninety percent of its construction materials were

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Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

Cascadia Center For Sustainable Design Aims To Be Most Efficient Commercial Building In The World

The Cascadia Center will be a mixed-use commercial and office building and will eventually serve as the future headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation. Located at the crossroads between Seattle's Central

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U.S. Army Launches Plan to Make All Military Bases Net Zero

U.S. Army Launches Plan to Make All Military Bases Net Zero

Over the past couple of years, the U.S. Army has announced several initiatives ranging from solar-powered tents for troops to hydrogen-powered tanks, however this is their most ambitious program yet. With

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Greenfab’s New Prefab Model Home in Seattle Aims for LEED Platinum

Greenfab’s New Prefab Model Home in Seattle Aims for LEED Platinum

The 3 bedroom, 2 3/4 bath home includes non toxic and environmentally friendly materials for good indoor air quality. Recycled and local materials were sourced extensively and existing concrete from the

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Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

Green School On Track To Become Washington State’s First Certified Living Building

The Bertschi Science Wing is a 1425 square foot addition to the existing campus and will serve as a learning tool for the students. Collected rainwater will flow through a tunnel in the classroom so the

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Modern Chuckanut Ridge House is an Off-Grid Solar Stunner

Modern Chuckanut Ridge House is an Off-Grid Solar Stunner

The wood-clad home reflects the spirit of the upper Northwest, and it's built to efficiently integrate into its surroundings and local climate. While Washington may not be known for its solar resource, it

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Gensler Designs Shipping Container Eco-Cabins for Boy Scouts

Gensler Designs Shipping Container Eco-Cabins for Boy Scouts

The eco-cabin is made up of two 20' containers bolted together to create a 320 sq ft space. The structure has been covered with a vaulted translucent roof of stretched silicone-coated fiberglass over

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