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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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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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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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Superkül Designs Canada’s First Active House

Superkül Designs Canada’s First Active House

The modern design contrasts with North America’s traditionally styled prototypical Active House. In Thorold, Ontario, wood finishes, a streamlined sloping roof and large windows combine to produce a

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Stevenson School Passive House Duplex Provides Teacher Housing in Pebble Beach

Stevenson School Passive House Duplex Provides Teacher Housing in Pebble Beach

The Carmel and Pebble Beach campuses of the private Stevenson School educate grades K-8 and 9-12 respectively. Faculty housing at the Pebble Beach campus is currently being upgraded to accommodate twice

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The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Heads up green building fans - Inhabitat is reporting live from Irvine, California, where student teams from across the States and around the world

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INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 Brilliant Student Teams Headed to the 2013 Solar Decathlon

In just two weeks 19 teams of brilliant students from across the states and around the world will compete to build the most efficient solar-powered house in the 2013 Solar Decathlon! So far we've featured

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Fun Chalkboard-Covered Passive House Explores Public/Private Space in Belgium

Fun Chalkboard-Covered Passive House Explores Public/Private Space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

The ecoMOD South project is the next generation in a long line of modular houses designed by the University of Virginia team. The two homes look exactly the same on the exterior and have the same floor

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NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

Park Passive is a 2,710 square-foot, four bedroom, three bath house on an urban infill lot in the Madison Park area. It is the first house in Seattle to be certified by the Passive House Academy and

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6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

Stunning FabLab Passive House at Europe’s Solar Decathlon Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Kids JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden Tower Awe-Inspiring

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

Through his company, EcoDesignFinca, Stephen Nickel builds innovative, energy-saving and aesthetically pleasing low-energy and passive houses. This luxury retreat in Mallorca is the first of his projects

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Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Does insulation excite you? No? Well how about a house with zero heating bill? If you've been reading Inhabitat for a while there's a good chance you know what a passive house is. These super insulated,

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Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaksan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Marsik and Donalson are not house builders, but they decided to build their own home in Dillingham, AK. Most homes are heated using heating fuel, but the couple decided to cut out this costly energy

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

Leave it to the Europeans to give Passive Houses sex appeal. La Plate-forme Maison Passive (PMP) recently released this tongue-in-cheek video promoting passive housing that features a character who

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