passive solar design

RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a department of

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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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Kinglake Residents Rebuild an Earthen Home After Victoria Bush Fires

Kinglake Residents Rebuild an Earthen Home After Victoria Bush Fires

Colin and Michelle Parton commissioned Pease and Benson to re-build their home in Kinglake after the Black Saturday bushfires, on 7 February 2009, that changed their community forever. The Partons are

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The Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing Looks Like a Winding White Serpent in Portugal

The Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing Looks Like a Winding White Serpent in Portugal

The rowing center is divided into three distinct zones: the first contains the communal and social spaces located at the top of the slope; the second zone consists of 130 dormitories for accommodation;

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Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

Alek Lisefki’s Tiny House is a Luxurious Eco-Friendly Dream on Wheels

The tiny house, which measures 8 feet by 20 feet, was built on a flatbed trailer so that it could be easily moved around. After adding finishing touches, Lisefki towed his new abode cross-country from

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Studio Gang Architects Unveil Stunning Sawtooth-Roofed Boathouse in Chicago

Studio Gang Architects Unveil Stunning Sawtooth-Roofed Boathouse in Chicago

Developed as part of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's initiative to revitalize the riverfront, the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is one of four proposed boathouses and the first of the two new boathouses

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SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

Inspired by the skin of a pinecone, Woods Bagot created a responsive, spiky facade that adjusts to reduce the effects of heat load, sun glare, and wind while allowing high amounts of natural daylight to

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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Tactic-A Architects Complete Playful Residence That Maximizes Daylighting and Social Spaces

Tactic-A Architects Complete Playful Residence That Maximizes Daylighting and Social Spaces

Placed on a L-shaped plan, tactic-a architects divided the roof profile into three triangular sections with east-facing windows to bring morning light into the bedrooms and downstairs living spaces. In

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Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Sweetwater Spectrum is a new housing development designed expressly for autistic adults as a safe home that can offer them a purpose and develop more independence. The 2.8 acre site is just a few blocks

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Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

The Alpine Meadows Cabin is located on sloping, south-facing lot with views out towards the mountains on the northwestern side of Lake Tahoe. The clients requested that their home maximize the views of

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Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

This house remains cost-effective even while achieving net-zero energy consumption by being extremely energy efficient. Two major strategies used to achieve this include insulation and passive solar

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Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Located on the coastline near Melbourne in southern Victoria, this home was designed to take in the view of the ocean through an old timber railway. Using this historic and industrial artifact, the home

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West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

West Virginia Ridge House: A Modern Dog Trot Home Made From Local Materials

The owners - a painter and an art historian - sought a humble space with enough room for a studio, study, living room, dining room and kitchen, along with a master suite. GriD Architects sourced materials

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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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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also organized to

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Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

The client's run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in

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Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

James Stockwell exploited three sine curves to create the home's unique form, while relying on low embodied energy materials to fit in with the vernacular architecture of Victoria's south coast. Concrete

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well with the

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain. Oriented to

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Rutgers New Business School Designed by TEN Arquitectos Is Now Under Construction

Rutgers New Business School Designed by TEN Arquitectos Is Now Under Construction

The new business school will accommodate five academic departments and research centers organized in clusters. The site will include faculty offices, visiting scholar offices, and conference/meeting room

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The Transforming D*Haus Changes Shape to Accommodate Different Seasons

The Transforming D*Haus Changes Shape to Accommodate Different Seasons

The house was originally designed as Grunberg's graduation project to deal with extreme temperatures like hot summers and frigid winters. The geometries and movement of the house are based on a

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UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern California’s Climate

The Contemporary Arts Center is UC Irvine's most recent addition to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and includes many innovative educational spaces. Built into a slight slope, the building contains a

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Radio Nacional de Espana’s New Headquarters Features a Smart Facade That Cuts Emissions by 50%

Radio Nacional de Espana’s New Headquarters Features a Smart Facade That Cuts Emissions by 50%

The extensive modular façade not only screens the sun from the building strategically, but it also provides interest and beauty. Between the vertical exterior screen and the glass facade of the building

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Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

Studio Albori's Casa Solare is perfectly designed to benefit from the sun’s position in the sky, and it includes passive solar design details that allow the house to stay cool on the warmest of days.

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Luxurious Floating Home Makes the Most of Its Small Footprint on Lake Union in Seattle

Luxurious Floating Home Makes the Most of Its Small Footprint on Lake Union in Seattle

Docked in the heart of the city on Lake Union, this floating home enjoys panoramic views south of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill to the west, and Gas Works Park northward. With no room to spare, the

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The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

Strategic orientation of the 51,000 square meter Garden School, construction of which is currently underway, makes optimum use of passive solar design, daylighting, and natural ventilation. Some of the

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