passive design

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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Libya’s Stunning Tripoli Congress Center is Protected by a Tree-Inspired Mesh Facade

Libya’s Stunning Tripoli Congress Center is Protected by a Tree-Inspired Mesh Facade

Completed in 2009, the Tripoli Congress Center provides a peaceful and welcoming place for world leaders. Located near the Zoo Park in Tripoli, the center is surrounded by woods, but it was sited so that

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Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

We would need about 5 pages to list all of this project's awesome eco-credentials, so we'll stick with a few of the major highlights. Not only does the Newcomer house use the same amount of energy as a

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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old

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Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

Geotectura together with Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects just broke ground on a futuristic new building for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that will be Israel's first LEED

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

The Bilbao Arena’s Green Lizard-Like Facade Defends Against the Spanish Sun

There are two parts to the Bilbao Arena, which is open to local residents when there are no sporting activities taking place. The loud enclosed arena is situated further away from the surrounding homes to

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Fusion Properties to Build Beautiful Green Roof Topped Houses in Baakens Valley, South Africa

Fusion Properties to Build Beautiful Green Roof Topped Houses in Baakens Valley, South Africa

One of the first GBCSA registered Multi-Unit Residential Pilot projects in South Africa is being planned for Port Elizabeth, South Africa. To be developed by Fusion Properties, the project will consist of

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Luis de Garrido’s Extraordinary Berimbau Tower Projects Video and Images

Luis de Garrido’s Extraordinary Berimbau Tower Projects Video and Images

One beautiful element of the tower is that it is comprised of recyclable materials so that theoretically it could be disassembled after the Rio events and used elsewhere. It is also a mixed-use project

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The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

In order to minimize the perceived distance between the inside and outside, Lautenbag constructed the home's southern facade entirely out of glass. This has the added benefit of naturally lighting and

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Seeks BREEAM Excellent

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Seeks BREEAM Excellent

The gorgeous building holds a 450 seat chamber recital hall, a 180 seat theater, 4 rehearsal studios, an exhibition gallery, foyer, terrace, and a cafe bar. It was specifically designed to have excellent

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Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

The designers managed to slash the building's carbon footprint so that it emits only 110 kWh/ m2 a year by using building-integrated solar panels and passive design techniques that ensure the home is

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Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

StudioMAS has taken huge strides to reduce the building's carbon and energy footprint by relying mostly on passive design to keep the building cool and warm. In certain rooms, where passive design was

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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 double roof

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Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

The outer shell and infrastructure of the original stables was maintained, but the interior has been radically transformed. And yet, no attention to sustainable detail was compromised in the process.

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Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking the Chilean Coast

Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking the Chilean Coast

While the sun isn't great for keeping a beach-home cool, it is a superb source of renewable energy. Plus Arquitectura played to the site's strengths by incorporating solar panels onto the Y-shaped roof,

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Crystal Palace: Slovenia’s Tallest Green-Roofed Skyscraper Features Sharp Energy Solutions

Crystal Palace: Slovenia’s Tallest Green-Roofed Skyscraper Features Sharp Energy Solutions

This skyscraper has a whopping 2500 square meters of green landscaping on its roof, as well as enough solar panels on the southern end to produce 82kWh of renewable energy. Most of the offices and shops

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The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

Dubbed the "Eight-Foot House," this elegant and minimalist new home in Denver, Colorado takes a “passive” approach to the idea of sustainable design. Rather than focusing on expensive active

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SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

SOLAR DECATHLON: Team Massachusetts Takes a Passive Approach with their 4D Home

The home is constructed of fiber cement and wood-clad windows. Since the passive windows and walls are built to collect, store, and distribute solar heat in the winter and reject it in the summer

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Origami-Shaped “Beached House” Saves Energy Amid Australia’s Idyllic Landscape

Origami-Shaped “Beached House” Saves Energy Amid Australia’s Idyllic Landscape

The vertical ash panels and diagonal zinc slats on the exterior emphasize the home's exciting origami shape, while the interior floors made of recycled timber gives it a warm and natural finish. All of

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Airy Workspace in India Employs Smart Strategies to Reduce Energy Consumption

Airy Workspace in India Employs Smart Strategies to Reduce Energy Consumption

This airy unit underneath a grove of trees is on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India and was constructed as a corporate and production area for a herbal skin care product company. Designed by Modo Designs,

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Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery

Henning Larsen’s Viborg Town Hall Boasts a Sloped Plane of Gradated Greenery

Viborg is a large city in Denmark that required a new municipal building to accommodate its steady growth. Henning Larsen won the international design competition to create a sustainable building with a

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Herb Greene’s Crazy 1960s Prairie Chicken House Was a Green Design Before its Time

Herb Greene’s Crazy 1960s Prairie Chicken House Was a Green Design Before its Time

Herb Greene was definitely going for something that would stimulate the senses when he built this home. He chose a 2 acre site on the prairies of Norman, Oklahoma where no other houses could be seen, and

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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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Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

Lugo’s Weathered-Steel History Museum Keeps Cool Inside Subterranean Cylinders

The cylindrical Lugo History Museum in Spain attracts a throng of curious people, which is great, except that they also come with a load of fossil-fueled vehicles that litter the beautiful landscape.

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Checkerboard-Pattern Cerredo Housing Complex Captures Energy from the Sun

Checkerboard-Pattern Cerredo Housing Complex Captures Energy from the Sun

Situated in a former mining town in the center of the Cantabrian mountains, the dark exterior is not only visually attractive, but increases the building's solar gain. This ensures that each apartment,

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Arkitrek Camp Teaches You How to Build Rustic Lodges By Stacking Giant Driftwood Trees

Arkitrek Camp Teaches You How to Build Rustic Lodges By Stacking Giant Driftwood Trees

The next Arkitrek camp will be held from January4 - February 4, 2012. In that one month, participants will have a chance to review a design brief for a site-specific project in Borneo that benefits the

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