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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Award-winning Jackson Hole architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects received special funding for its energy-efficient design of a new central administration facility for the Teton County School District

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Cellar Ridge’s 50/10 Homes Boast 50% Greater Efficiency for 10% More Money than Similar Homes

Cellar Ridge’s 50/10 Homes Boast 50% Greater Efficiency for 10% More Money than Similar Homes

Cellar Ridge Construction has developed the 50/10 House model, a new green home that is 50 percent more energy efficient than a code built home with only a 10 percent increase in the home's cost. “Some

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Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

The Foothills House was constructed using durable, mostly unfinished materials such as coated steel, zinc, stone and concrete masonry for a raw and natural look that blends in with the surrounding Waikato

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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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Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of

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Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

For the past two decades, the University of Turin has been gradually modernizing its architecture as new facilities are constructed on formerly industrial land. Foster + Partners describes its design as

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

In December, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) named SOM the winner of an international competition to design the new Los Angeles courthouse, beating out three other shortlisted teams for

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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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Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

It isn't certain where exactly the Southern House is located, but there is no question that it is hands down one of the most attractive residential programs on Inhabitat. And if you detect a hint of Frank

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Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

The owner of Shale Oak Winery came to Studio 2G Architects with a vision that complimented the designers’ passion for the environment. Shale Oak wanted to blend the beautiful natural surroundings of the

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

The new Francis Gregory Library is built at the edge of Washington, DC's Fort Davis Park, where a Civil War-era fort once stood to defend the nation's capital. The transparent library looks out on the

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Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode's housing model makes use of a variety of pre-designed modules that can be joined together to create homes that are customized for clients' needs. All homes are based around a 1,200 mm spine

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Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

Paul Testa Designs an Earth-Sheltered Home to Meet Passivehaus Standards in the UK

This month, Paul Testa Architecture obtained planning approval to build an earth-sheltered home in the United Kingdom. The Burrows is a highly sustainable single-family home that will be built into a

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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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Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

The new porch was constructed out of western red cedar native to the western United States, which is ideal for deflecting Texas' vicious summer sun and yet retains some of the delicacy of southern living.

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LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House!

LivingHomes Introduces C6.2, a LEED Platinum Prefab House!

Santa Monica-based LivingHomes has launched the C6.2, an affordable prefab house that is certified LEED Platinum. Previously, LivingHomes had introduced the C6, an affordable three-bedroom home, but 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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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having a rich

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Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Larrea's design seems to capture all the qualities we like to see in sustainable building design. The shallow floor plate allows every unit to have access to the southern sun and northern cooling breezes;

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Passive Cantilevered SN House Appears to Be Floating In the Air

Passive Cantilevered SN House Appears to Be Floating In the Air

The lot on which this house is built is a slope with a change of about 3 meters towards the back. The architects decided to build the house jutting out of the incline so that the cantilever could create a

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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings -- summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines a lot, and

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Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

The house is part of a small abandoned farm in the middle of the village. The original building was demolished down to its stone wall walk-out basement, which was then stabilized for the new house. Using

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Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Neighborhood Kids

Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Neighborhood Kids

The most eye-catching aspect of the modern home is its front yard -- a basketball court, activity area, and chalkboard facade provide a playground for a neighborhood full of kids. The idea came as a way

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Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA Award

Alchemy Architect’s Barn-Inspired House with a Twist Wins AIA Award

The house in Blair, Wisconsin was originally designed as guest quarters for a rambling farm house. The owners were so enthralled that they turned it into their own home and reserved the old house for

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Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

The single-minded design sensibility works hand-in-glove with passive solar building strategies to reduce and often eliminate the need for supplemental heat and light. Huge 18 foot glass doors open out to

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