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D.C.’s Affordable Net-Zero Empowerhouse is Moving to Philadelphia

D.C.’s Affordable Net-Zero Empowerhouse is Moving to Philadelphia

The building won the inaugural award for affordability at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in 2011. After the competition, this striking energy-efficient home was moved off the Mall and

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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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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and solar screens

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

The main building is completely wrapped with the white mesh-like facade, which is separated from the interior by a patio and glass gallery. The large facade panels are attached to metal posts surrounding

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

With projects like the Burj Khalifa under his belt, architect Adrian Smith has become synonymous with supertall skyscrapers - so it's no surprise that his firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, is the

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The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

We've featured Gunderson and Whole Trees Architecture here on Inhabitat before. The innovative firm uses unmilled tree trunks and branches as structural components of buildings, which is much more

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

The Saint-Gratien nursery is separated into three different sections that each correspond to a different age group. Its prefabricated metal shell creates a materially-efficient structure that is also very

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More House: Cantilevered Home Makes the Most of a Small, Funky Plot in Spain

More House: Cantilevered Home Makes the Most of a Small, Funky Plot in Spain

The plot was almost square with a protruding band, so the best solution for this family was to stack the house vertically. The material palette used - reinforced concrete with a light timber facade -

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Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Wooden Shoal Bay Bach is a Sweet Minimalist Retreat in New Zealand

Comprised of two interconnected gabled structures in a paddock backed by rolling green hills, the Shoal Bay bach is located in a new development complex that used to be an old sheep farm. In fact,

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CVDB Arquitectos’ Ljubljana National Library is Inspired by the Shape of a Standing Book

CVDB Arquitectos’ Ljubljana National Library is Inspired by the Shape of a Standing Book

CVDB Arquitectos' proposed National and University Library of Ljubljana building (NUKII) is a symbol of knowledge and culture as well as an archive for historical and national heritage that

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Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

In accordance with planning regulations and the rich local vernacular, PLASMA Studio gave the Dolomitenblick apartment complex a sloping pitched roof and clad the whole thing in larch and pre-oxidized

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing

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Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

At 5994 square feet, Earthwall 2 is no tiny home, but a series of sensitive interventions compensate for its large footprint. Built with the designer's own post-tensioned steel rammed earth construction

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Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Each pavilion is strategically placed to either enhance views, promote social interaction with passersby on the street, or to maximize cross ventilation and solar orientation. The street-front northeast

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Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

Beautiful Copper-clad //hapo Museum Celebrates Indigenous Knowledge and Freedom in South Africa

The walls and roof of the //hapo museum are clad in copper sheets that will weather with time and harmonize with the surrounding landscape. Situated on an ecologically-important quartzite ridge, the

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World’s Largest Sun-Responsive Façade Shades Abu Dhabi’s Impressive Al Bahr Towers

World’s Largest Sun-Responsive Façade Shades Abu Dhabi’s Impressive Al Bahr Towers

The riddle Aedas faced was how to keep the building cool without using massive amounts of air conditioning. Such a sustainable approach to architecture is important to Abu Dhabi, as the city has pledged

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A Clever Façade of Corten Steel Shutters Revitalizes San Vincente Ferrer Home in Madrid

A Clever Façade of Corten Steel Shutters Revitalizes San Vincente Ferrer Home in Madrid

Despite the constraints of strict building regulations, James & Mau managed to embolden this historic locale in Madrid with their progressive material choices. Not only does the Corten steel

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Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

Pasture Project is a Low-Energy Communal Home in Holladay, Utah

The 2,850 square foot Holladay home is an open-plan structure strategically placed to maximize views of the pasture and mountains and optmize winter heat gain and summer shading. Smaller east and

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Seoul’s Kukje Art Center is Wrapped in a Funky Mesh Armor that Reduces Solar Heat

Seoul’s Kukje Art Center is Wrapped in a Funky Mesh Armor that Reduces Solar Heat

Comprised of thousands of small steel rings that together form a pliable envelope, the mesh facade wraps easily around the building, giving it an almost ethereal disguise that is altogether more

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Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

The four modules are arranged around a central atrium. This daylit space and naturally-ventilated space has multiple functions: It is an indoor playing field, a dining hall and it regulates traffic

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Beautiful Bridge House Connects Two California Hills

Beautiful Bridge House Connects Two California Hills

All of the bedrooms in the Bridge House are situated on the lower floor, which faces south towards a breathtaking landscape. This section of the home is also carefully shaded in order to mitigate excess

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Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Christopher Simmonds has given an already gorgeous boathouse in Canada a sustainable upgrade that we can't help but envy. The original boathouse located on Muskoka Lake north of Toronto was feeling a

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LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA significantly reduces the classroom of the future's material load by prefabricating it and then assembling the program on site. This is easily achieved with lightweight materials as well as floor and

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Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

Gabled LEED Platinum Newcomer House in Georgia Cost Just $125 per Square Foot

We would need about 5 pages to list all of this project's awesome eco-credentials, so we'll stick with a few of the major highlights. Not only does the Newcomer house use the same amount of energy as a

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6 Awesome Caves to Call Home

6 Awesome Caves to Call Home

CHULO CANYON CAVE HOUSE MISSOURI CAVE LAND SALA SILVERMINE CAVE PALACE RANCH BECKHAM CREEK CAVE LODGE IRAN'S CAVE HOMES CHULO CANYON CAVE HOUSE The Chulo Canyon Cave House is a retreat in the

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Beirut Wonder Forest Would Cover the Lebanese Capitol With Hanging Gardens

Beirut Wonder Forest Would Cover the Lebanese Capitol With Hanging Gardens

The war-torn city of Beirut is burdened by dark smog due to severely congested roadways filled with old cars that emit high levels of CO2 emissions. The city of concrete high-rises was not designed with

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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