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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Architects began the project by adding on a mixed-used addition to the existing education center, which accommodates up to 360 students. The Kollaskolan addition was built as a supplement to the existing

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8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

  Kaisermuehlenstrasse Apartment Building This multi-family apartment complex designed by Treberspurg & Partner Architects was built in Vienna, Austria. The climate-neutral design is deal for dense

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London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

The architects decided to keep the six-foot-high brick perimeter walls of the building and combine the existing steel frame with the new timber frame, creating a sheltered courtyard on one side. In order

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

Atelier 8000's cubic retreat is made from laminated timber beams. Due to the home's angled position, the rooms have slanted ceilings and unusual angles. The building is clad in a combination of glass,

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

Located on a lakeside in Michigan, the Harbert Cottage was built in a classic American ranch style. Although its size and general layout were working well, it needed an urgent renovation as its sloping

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The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

First things first, this house is huge at 16,000 square feet and is estimated to cost over 11 million dollars to build. That's a lot - so what does it have to justify the extravagances? The sumptuous

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the regional climate where

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C.F. Moller’s  Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Moller’s Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

C.F. Møller's Sæby Strand offers a wide range of apartments that feature natural materials, great accessibility and solar panels mounted on their roofs. Each of the volumes provides optimal views of the

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

The frame, made from precast concrete, is covered with nipa palm branches and polycarbonate panels that provide doors that can be opened to bring natural light and fresh air inside. The external surfaces

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

The apartment building achieves 95 percent energy savings over other comparable buildings of its size and incorporates some of the most up-to-date sustainable technologies and strategies. The

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Work began on the South Surrey Passive House designed by Vancouver-based Marken Design + Consulting in 2012 and it was completed in 2013 with three generations of a family living in it - grandparents,

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House's south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back

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Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

The Jung Haus, designed by architecture and construction firm GO Logic, is the first official passive house in the state of Michigan. This 2,440 square foot, three-bedroom residence includes features that

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Colorado’s First Certified Passive House Can Save Owners Thousands of Dollars in Utilities

Colorado’s First Certified Passive House Can Save Owners Thousands of Dollars in Utilities

Brookfield Residential partnered with local KGA Studio Architects to design the light-filled, energy efficient home. To meet the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS)'s strict standards, the architects

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Graham Hill’s Famous 425-sq.-ft. Transforming Apartment is Up for Sale!

Graham Hill’s Famous 425-sq.-ft. Transforming Apartment is Up for Sale!

New York City has a lot of tiny apartments, but only one has won an AIA NY Honor Award and been featured in a TED talk. The famous 425-square-foot dwelling was home to Treehugger founder Graham Hill for

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Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

The structure of the Pop-Up House is made from insulating blocks and wooden panels - a unique low-cost system patented by Multipod Studio that provides outstanding thermal insulation. The materials used

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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

Photo by Piper Kujac At just 712 square feet of living space over a 430 square foot workshop, every square inch of the tall thin structure has been optimized for flexibility and efficiency. A whopping

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8 Real Life Love Nests Built by Romantic Couples

8 Real Life Love Nests Built by Romantic Couples

Your home is where your heart is and these couples have also put their blood, sweat and maybe even tears into their projects to build their love shacks. DIY home construction is no easy feat, so we're

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Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

The residents of the home wanted a renovation that created flexible living spaces, since their children had grown and moved out. Wasserfall Munting took inspiration from the surrounding natural

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The halls were packed with an enthusiastic crowd, and you could tell that the business of construction was back in a big way. The first place we hit was the Passive House Zone where a strong contingency

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Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

The spectacular home will serve as a case study to examine the overlap and divergences between the different certifications. The findings are published in an insightful analysis on Hammer and Hand's

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