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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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Alaskan Home Awarded Title of World’s Tightest Residential Building

Alaskan 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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Hamburg’s WaterHouses Draw Geothermal Heat from Groundwater

Hamburg’s WaterHouses Draw Geothermal Heat from Groundwater

The five buildings that comprise the WaterHouses are designed to demonstrate how residential developments of the future could interact with water from an environmental and recreational perspective. All of

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Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Empowerhouse Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. The first Passive House in the District of Columbia, the Empowerhouse won first place in the affordability category of the U.S. Department of

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China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

The new Bruck apartment complex was designed as a place where families who are interested sustainable housing but are unsure about it can take it for a test drive. By living in the building for a short

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The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

With growing concern for indoor home health, rising energy costs and climate change, both builders and homeowners are turning to the Passive House building system as a viable, sustainable alternative

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Studio Moffitt’s Limekiln Line is a Passive, Off-Grid Home in the Fields of Ontario

Studio Moffitt’s Limekiln Line is a Passive, Off-Grid Home in the Fields of Ontario

Standing on 25 acres of agricultural land, Limekiln Line is a steel-clad shelter with an extended deck that leads out into the farmland. Its design was informed by local farmhouse vernacular and

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Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Striking Solar Equinox Passive House Aligns With the Sun in Bulgaria

Taking cues from the home's hilly site, Ignatov Architects came up with a plan that fit in with the surroundings and took advantage of the seaside views. The home is built into the hillside and oriented

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LADC Unveils Work on Modern Mountain Passive House in Nelson, BC

LADC Unveils Work on Modern Mountain Passive House in Nelson, BC

LADC (Lukas Armstrong, design + consulting) is building a medium density, intergenerational, certified “Passive House” triplex in the vibrant and progressive town of Nelson BC. The Province of

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Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Each home in the Rainbow Passive House Duplex is 1,500 square feet and comes with an unfinished basement, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The home achieves a 90 percent reduction in energy use because

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Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

Empowerhouse Moves Beyond the Solar Decathlon to Become Real Housing in DC

From the very beginning, the Empowerhouse was planned to be more than just an entry for the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Designed and built by a student group from Parsons The New School for Design , Stevens

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveils Plans for Largest Passive School in Sweden

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveils Plans for Largest Passive School in Sweden

Sweden's passive house standards call for buildings that use no more than 45,0 kWh/sqm each year, but the Kollaskolan will only consume 38,0 kHw/sqm annually, which is achieved with a variety of

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David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

Zero Cottage is located in the backyard of of an urban lot in the Mission District fronted by StoreFrontLab, a community-focused cultural initiative that gives the historic commercial space a new public

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Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

Ruby House: A Modern Passive House in the Historic Avenues District of Salt Lake City

The Ruby House is a modern and sustainable home located in the Avenues in Salt Lake City that is currently awaiting certification from the Passive House Institute. The site of the home was an empty lot

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US Passive House Conference Showcases Loads Of Green Building Goodies

US Passive House Conference Showcases Loads Of Green Building Goodies

Zola European Windows Perhaps the most engineered product in Passive House is the window with plenty of manufacturers keen to strut their triple and quadruple panes. Big news was the end of Serious

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Nest Box Combines Passivhaus and Prefab for Low-Cost Green Housing

Nest Box Combines Passivhaus and Prefab for Low-Cost Green Housing

When you combine Passivhaus with prefab you get one of the greenest buildings possible. Designers Vanda Holescakova of Architectonica and Katarina Husarova Volekova of DSU have conceived the Nest Box, a

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Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

The Veilige Veste building was first constructed in the 1970s as a police station. KAW took on the task to recreate the facade with the new diagonally undulating panels in order to help create a better

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Passive House Mühlgrund Apartments Boast a 7-Story Vertical Garden

Passive House Mühlgrund Apartments Boast a 7-Story Vertical Garden

In between the metal envelope and the building's wide interior corridors, a cascading staircase creates something of a sound barrier that shields inhabitants of the Mühlgrund apartment complex from the

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Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

MoSA Architects' work is focused on developing and building affordable and energy efficient homes that make it easy for the homeowner to minimize their environmental impact. Prior to their most recent

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Egg-Shaped Isover Multi-Comfort House Meets Passive House Standards in the UK

Egg-Shaped Isover Multi-Comfort House Meets Passive House Standards in the UK

This winding housing project is organized around a central green core that is expected to promote community interaction. No cars are allowed inside the housing block and many services, such as shops,

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Silvervillan is a Low-Impact & Low-Energy Home in Sweden

Silvervillan is a Low-Impact & Low-Energy Home in Sweden

Silvervillan is located in Skilleby, Järna, Sweden, which is considered to be a very sustainable region due to its organic farms and local production of bread, cheese, and fruit juices. The owners also

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Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Josep Bunyesc's home consists of a ground floor, first floor and a basement, where the architect has his office. The wooden shelter with solar panels on its facade is orientated to the south to capture

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Kjellgren Kaminsky’s Salongen 35 Passive House Apartments Complete Malmo’s Sustainable Development

Kjellgren Kaminsky’s Salongen 35 Passive House Apartments Complete Malmo’s Sustainable Development

Photo © Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture/Kasper Dudzik The building regulations of bo01 required the architects to embrace a "diversity of function, lush greenery and front line ecological solutions,"

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Salzburg University of Applied Sciences’ Kuchl Campus is a Modern Timber Passivhaus

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences’ Kuchl Campus is a Modern Timber Passivhaus

Completed in September of 2009, the Kuchl Campus extension is the first university building to conform to the passive house standard. Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten managed the design of the

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Ignatov Architects’ Super Efficient Solar Equinox Passivhaus Tracks the Sun

Ignatov Architects’ Super Efficient Solar Equinox Passivhaus Tracks the Sun

The Equnox house is a product of the needs of its site - Ignatov Architects set the home into a steep hill, lowering its profile. A vegetated roof and natural stonework ensure that the design does not

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Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

Quirky Solar-Powered KIKO House Surveys the Tyrol Mountains With Silver Bubble Windows

One of the most important requirements for this home was to create an enduring relationship between the home's interior and the natural splendor outside. This is achieved by tucking away the garage and

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PHOTOS: 125 Haus is Utah’s Most Energy Efficient and Cost Effective Single Family House

PHOTOS: 125 Haus is Utah’s Most Energy Efficient and Cost Effective Single Family House

Hailing from Germany, Rügemer was accustomed to a higher standard of efficient design for homes and planned to one day build the house of his dreams here in the US for his family. He set out to build an

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