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VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design's eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist, modular,

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Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Fall House is a long, thin volume that conforms to the natural contours of a sloping cliff above the ocean. The dramatic landscape called for a dramatic solution, and Fougeron Architecture crafted a home

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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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Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

With the addition of the Breeze Aire to their line up, Blu Homes now offers eight different styles as well as the ability to custom design your dream home by tacking on a garage, studio, ADU, office and

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Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

This is the first time Stanford University has competed in the Solar Decathlon competition and is one of 20 teams who will test their smart home design in Irvine, California this fall. Their goal isn't 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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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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Bossley Architects’ Thorne Bay House Grows Around Trees on a New Zealand Beach

Bossley Architects’ Thorne Bay House Grows Around Trees on a New Zealand Beach

The site of this residence grows from the black volcanic stone that litters the beaches outside of Auckland. The site also has many pohutukawa trees growing on it, and since the owner and design team

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Houston Row Houses Are an Exercise in Daylighting & Simple, Sustainable Design

Houston Row Houses Are an Exercise in Daylighting & Simple, Sustainable Design

Located in the trending Houston Heights downtown neighborhood, Row on 25th is a collection of five rentable homes. Soon there will be 4 more homes for a total of 9, all inspired by the symmetrical

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Modscape’s Point Leo Prefab is a Bold & Sustainable Seaside Home In Australia

Modscape’s Point Leo Prefab is a Bold & Sustainable Seaside Home In Australia

Modscape's Point Leo Prefab is a 5 bedroom home with 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft) of space. Entertaining and public spaces are located on the ground floor and private rooms are on the upper level. A large open

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Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

The U House is sited to protect itself from the prevailing winds - from the north in the winter and from the south in the summer. The home opens up to views in the west and creates a protected courtyard

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Living Light Solar Decathlon House Soaks Up the Summer Sun at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The completely self-sustaining home uses passive building techniques and automatic controls to produce its energy needs. As the sun rises, shades are automatically raised to let daylight into the space.

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The Hive Apartment is a Graffiti Lover’s Green Dream Home in Melbourne

The Hive Apartment is a Graffiti Lover’s Green Dream Home in Melbourne

The Hive Apartment was once home to an old Carlton tailor shop, but was renovated to become Zvi Belling's home. The brick facade was covered in swooshes, letters, arrows, and drips of concrete, to create

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: The PUNCHouse Is Santa Monica’s First Energy-Neutral LEED Platinum Home

EXCLUSIVE PICS: The PUNCHouse Is Santa Monica’s First Energy-Neutral LEED Platinum Home

Photos © Evelyn Lee Local Waste Management helped to coordinate the deconstruction of the existing structure, donating 60 tons of reusable materials to Habitat for Humanity to be sold in their

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Green-Roofed Cannon Beach Home in Oregon Generates More Energy Than it Uses

Green-Roofed Cannon Beach Home in Oregon Generates More Energy Than it Uses

This open floor plan, 3 bedroom home is situated in Cannon Beach, Oregon and takes advantage of the gorgeous views as well as the surrounding site and sun. The owners asked Nathan Good for a home that

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Louver Facade Bridge House Harmonizes With a Lush Connecticut Valley

Louver Facade Bridge House Harmonizes With a Lush Connecticut Valley

The modern, minimalist design is not only stunning, but also the architects’ reaction to the sloping hills of the home’s site. Two sections of the home are set perpendicular to each other, each

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Donate to Save Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome Home!

Donate to Save Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome Home!

Richard Buckminster Fuller is considered by some to be the grandfather of the American green movement – an avid inventor and professor, “Bucky” is credited as the first designer to

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Simple & Modern Sunia Homes Come Complete With All the Eco-Fixings

Simple & Modern Sunia Homes Come Complete With All the Eco-Fixings

Sunia Homes is a designer and builder of simple, modern homes in Southern California. They've created a live of homes ranging from 3 bedrooms all the way up to 5 bedrooms, with or without garages. Sunia

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed 2 Bar House by Feldman Architecture Springs Up in Menlo Park, CA

Gorgeous Green-Roofed 2 Bar House by Feldman Architecture Springs Up in Menlo Park, CA

Feldman Architecture removed an old, inefficient structure on the site of the 2 Bar home to make room for the new modern project. The home was built for an active family that enjoys both indoor 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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Dowling Studios’ Westside Road Residence is an Experiment in Green Living & Prefab Design

Dowling Studios’ Westside Road Residence is an Experiment in Green Living & Prefab Design

The custom 2,240 sq ft home is located on 22 acres of gently rolling hills near Healdsburg, California and situated on a knoll with a cluster of trees behind it. Oriented to the south, the home takes

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Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Originally, the Fobe House was going to be a lot larger than it is, but sustainability became a central concern so it was scaled right down. The vast acreage threatened to swallow up the minimalist

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The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The cabin sits adjacent to the cross-country ski and bike trails that the owners love to enjoy, and is in close enough that they can pretty much step out the door, strap in, and go. Despite its diminutive

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Bright Red GO Home is a LEED Platinum House That Packs a Green Energy Punch

Bright Red GO Home is a LEED Platinum House That Packs a Green Energy Punch

Photo credit: Trent Bell The bright red GO Home in Belfast, Maine was recently selected as the LEED for Homes Project of the Year for 2011. Completed by GO Logic, the seemingly simple house packs an

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SCARQ’s Casa en Puembo is an Experiment in Recycled and Sustainable Materials

SCARQ’s Casa en Puembo is an Experiment in Recycled and Sustainable Materials

Casa en Puembo is an experiment in unconventional and recycled construction to achieve a low ecological impact. SCARQ utilized materials like earth, wood, eucalyptus, stone, metal, recycled components and

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Green-Roofed Euclid Avenue House is an Ecologically Sensitive Dream Home

Green-Roofed Euclid Avenue House is an Ecologically Sensitive Dream Home

The compact home is located on a standard 20 foot-wide downtown Toronto lot. To make the 1,550 sq ft home bigger than it seems, the ground floor features tall 12-foot ceilings, an open floor plan, and

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Pescomaggiore Village Destroyed by L’Aquila Earthquake Now Being Rebuilt Sustainably

Pescomaggiore Village Destroyed by L’Aquila Earthquake Now Being Rebuilt Sustainably

Pescomaggiore village, which was destroyed by the earthquake that hit the mountain region of L’Aquila in central Italy on Apr. 6, 2009, is now being rebuilt by its 40-odd inhabitants with straw and

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