passive design

Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Each pavilion is strategically placed to either enhance views, promote social interaction with passersby on the street, or to maximize cross ventilation and solar orientation. The street-front northeast

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Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Striking Heritage School With Stone Walls and Curved Roofs Mimics the Rolling Green Hills of India

Situated on a lovely green ten acre plot, the Heritage School constructed within the confines of a tight budget was designed with great respect for the land. The curved roofs blend into the hills while

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Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia

Ten Geothermal Wells Heat and Cool this Swooping Blue Ridge House in Virginia

Very similar to a little prefab cottage from South Africa that we recently featured, the Blue Ridge House in Albermarle County has a steel frame and glass cladding. This has multiple benefits, not least

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Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

Rustic GREENville House in North Carolina is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy

The GREENville house was carefully oriented on a site in North Carolina to maximize the amount of energy an array of photovoltaic panels can collect. This system combined with geothermal HVAC system

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Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Swiss Researchers Develop a Roof that “Sweats” to Passively Cool Buildings

Mammals have the unique ability to moderate their body temperature through perspiration— evaporation on the surface of our skin that helps to keep us from overheating. But if sweating works so well for

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Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Hungary’s ODOO Solar Decathlon House is Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Hungarians don't enjoy a lot of great weather, but when they do, the ODOO house terrace will ensure they can make the most of it. The day-lit interior is comfortable too, heated as it is by insulated

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A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic

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CIE’s Energy-Efficient Keelung Terminal Proposal for Taiwan Uses Natural Ventilation

CIE’s Energy-Efficient Keelung Terminal Proposal for Taiwan Uses Natural Ventilation

The city of Keelung -- Taiwan's second-largest seaport -- is characterized by extreme heat and humidity, as well as plenty or wind and rain year-round. "The result is perhaps one of the most difficult

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Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Odooproject Prefab by Solar Decathlon Team Hungary Boasts a Ceiling-Integrated Water Cooling System

Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building's facade and rooftop and passive design was executed so well that during the winter, it will be unnecessary to use the air-to-water heat pump that

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Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

Set up against an extended stone retaining wall, the timber-clad home is barely visible from afar. This integration is further served by both the lush green roof and the natural materials with which the

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Prefab Infiniski Menta House Features Steel Shutters Shaped Like Mint Leaves in Spain

Prefab Infiniski Menta House Features Steel Shutters Shaped Like Mint Leaves in Spain

The Infiniski Menta House was originally conceived as a holiday home for clients in the Tarragon countryside. As such, energy-efficiency and compact design were essential components of the brief. James

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Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

After nearly one decade of additions and renovations, it seems the Cloud House in Melbourne has finally reached its happy zenith. After passing through the conventional Edwardian threshold, visitors are

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Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

Charming Post-Carbon Homestead is Built From Recycled Tires and Shipping Pallets

The site and design optimize daylighting and solar gain during the cold winter months while the windows were placed strategically to capture the prevailing breeze and allow hot air to escape during

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Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

The Swiss embassy complex has been designed to have three main functions: the Chancellery, the Ambassador's residence and staff quarters. Private and public functions have been separated, and the

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Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

The 2,850 square foot Holladay home is an open-plan structure strategically placed to maximize views of the pasture and mountains and optmize winter heat gain and summer shading. Smaller east and

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Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Terracotta-Colored High School in Senegal Only Needs A/C 2 Months a Year

Mostly locally-sourced materials were used to construct the Jean Mermoz High School in Dakar, which cut down the project's carbon footprint considerably. Further reducing its environmental impact, the

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Breezy Casa Mecano Adapts to its Tropical Environment in Costa Rica

Breezy Casa Mecano Adapts to its Tropical Environment in Costa Rica

Casa Mecano is the most recent project of Juan Robles of Robles Arquitectos and is a striking example of modern tropical architecture. Located on the Osa Peninsula, the home sits in close proximity to the

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Foster + Partners Unveil New Steel Pyramid Passive Art Museum in Datong, China

Foster + Partners Unveil New Steel Pyramid Passive Art Museum in Datong, China

Foster + Partners just announced that they have broken ground on a new art museum in Datong's New City, in China. The distinctive 32,000 sq m museum will be largely submerged into the ground, with the

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Sustainable Silver Fir Timber Wraps This Elegant Village Fire Station in Austria

Sustainable Silver Fir Timber Wraps This Elegant Village Fire Station in Austria

Although the 604 square meter Sulzberg-Thal fire station is a municipal building, it fits in seamlessly with this tiny village - mostly thanks to its timber cladding that is so typical of the region. The

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Ambient River Bank House Opens Out to a Pine Forest in Montana

Ambient River Bank House Opens Out to a Pine Forest in Montana

The River Bank House receives quite a lot of summer sun, which is partially mitigated by solar orientation and also by a large roof over the living room that provides shading to areas comprised of a large

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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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Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

The Bioclimatic House by Ruiz Larrea and Associates has a wind farm right in its back yard, so when it came to the design, high winds had to be accounted for. Located next the to wind park of Granadilla

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Glass House Mountain House Celebrates the Environment on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Glass House Mountain House Celebrates the Environment on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Perched on the edge of the Glass House range, the Maleny House is sited to take in the views. Bark Design Architects looked to the site for inspiration and designed the home to make the most of the

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Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

Terraced Hollywood Hills House Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

Designed by Francois Perrin, the Hollywood Hills House is a four-story terraced home at the very edge of the Hollywood neighborhood that backs up to a protected area. You may remember Perrin as the

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Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

Curvaceous Light Stage House in Hiroshima Makes the Most of an Awkward Lot

As with all things Japanese, the stout Light Stage House is a study in elegance and minimalism. The kitchen is compact and the interior furnishings have been built into the architecture which maximizes

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Beautiful Bridge House Connects Two California Hills

Beautiful Bridge House Connects Two California Hills

All of the bedrooms in the Bridge House are situated on the lower floor, which faces south towards a breathtaking landscape. This section of the home is also carefully shaded in order to mitigate excess

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Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

Inca Architectes designed this dome-shaped eco-tourism center that feels like a cozy living room in the woods. Commissioned by the Department Tourism Committee of Seine et Marne to protect the Gorges de

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PinkCloud.DK Plans to Transform Oil Refineries Into Giant Energy Positive Communities

PinkCloud.DK Plans to Transform Oil Refineries Into Giant Energy Positive Communities

PinkCloud.DK's recycled oil silos have everything we expect from a 21st century home, but first they have to be cleaned out. Detoxing the silos involves using in situ bioremediation - soil microbes that

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Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

The Drew House was also restricted by serious bush fire requirements, so Laws chose to "build the pods using a simple steel and plantation timber frame with low density cement sheet walling and steel

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Gorgeous Apartment Building Above the Polar Circle Uses Zero External Heating

Gorgeous Apartment Building Above the Polar Circle Uses Zero External Heating

The passive apartments in the Storelva neighborhood overlook a magnificent fjord and mountains that are also indicative of extreme weather conditions. The solar collector is south-facing, which ensures

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