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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Homespun Design is the Perfect Place for Local, Sustainable Furniture

Homespun Design is the Perfect Place for Local, Sustainable Furniture

It can be difficult these days to find gorgeous furniture that is made in the US using sustainable materials. But Homespun Design is a one-stop shop for all that and more. Most pieces are made in small

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INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan's national stadium is

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INFOGRAPHIC: Build Your Green Dream Home With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Conventional Building Materials

INFOGRAPHIC: Build Your Green Dream Home With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Conventional Building Materials

Given the chance, building a green home seems like a no-brainer. While green homes may cost three to five-percent more than conventional buildings to construct, that investment pays for itself in the long

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

Located in a region known as Polish Jura, which is dominated by rocky hills, cliffs and valleys, the building seems to be a natural extension of the landscape. The architects designed the walls in a way

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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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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but is properly shielded

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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

So you've already swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and installed a smart thermostat - what else can you do to green your home? Good to Be Home has you covered with a new infographic that shows

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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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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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The Shakin Stevens House is a Modern Renovation that Embraces Green Design in Melbourne

The Shakin Stevens House is a Modern Renovation that Embraces Green Design in Melbourne

The owners of the Shakin Stevens House wanted to be connected with "green" space and increase the amenities of the home without increasing the floor space too much. Like many renovations in Melbourne, the

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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 introduce the geodesic

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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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