Sustainable Homes

7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

7 Gorgeous modern homes hidden inside stone ruins

House of Ruins by NRJA Latvian architects NRJA completed the House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. In addition to the beautiful

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EcoCasa Suyana is an sustainable, open-source home project in Argentina

EcoCasa Suyana is an sustainable, open-source home project in Argentina

First ecological, economical and social home 100% open source in Argentina. Suyana means “hope” in Quechua language. EcoCasa Suyana is a project lead by a young couple of engineers and travelers.

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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“Hanging House” Made from Bay Bridge Scraps Wins Prestigious Student Competition

“Hanging House” Made from Bay Bridge Scraps Wins Prestigious Student Competition

The competition attracted 73 entries from 37 international and US-based architecture schools. The submissions were narrowed down to 14 designs that were then judged by the Board Members of the Bay Bridge

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Proud Green Home Achieves Unprecedented -2 HERS Rating in Georgia

Proud Green Home Achieves Unprecedented -2 HERS Rating in Georgia

Architectural firm LG Squared collaborated with the Imery Group on construction of the two-story, 2,600-square-foot Proud Green Home project, which was built in Atlanta's famed sustainable community,

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VELUX and HTA’s Ultra-Efficient CarbonLight Homes Encourage Residents to Live More Sustainable Lives

VELUX and HTA’s Ultra-Efficient CarbonLight Homes Encourage Residents to Live More Sustainable Lives

CarbonLight Homes go far beyond providing an optimal amount of daylight and air quality - the houses are built to change the behavioral patterns of their residents. Velux found that families living in the

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Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

The Sunset Idea Town 2013 includes two Idea Houses and courtyard guest cottages with a shared courtyard and outdoor living space. The homes are within a close walking distance to Seabrook's local

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Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

In addition to being non-toxic and fireproof, seaweed has been proven to have insulating properties as good as those of commonly used mineral insulation. It has fantastic acoustic properties, reproduces

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UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they've created a solar power-generating

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The Polaris House Is a Modern Solar-Powered Abode Sited Atop a Wooded Hilltop

The Polaris House Is a Modern Solar-Powered Abode Sited Atop a Wooded Hilltop

Sited atop a wooded hilltop near Belmont, Massachusetts, across the street from Habitat, an Audubon wildlife sanctuary, is the stunning LEED certified Polaris House designed by Boston-based

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Beautiful French Prefab House by Djuric Tardio is Made Entirely of Sustainable Finnish Larch

Beautiful French Prefab House by Djuric Tardio is Made Entirely of Sustainable Finnish Larch

Placed on a densely populated block, the two story house boasts a great deal of well-utilized outdoor space including an enormous roof terrace, a hanging balcony from the second floor and a decked dining

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“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

The southern-most area of the home holds the multi-use dining and lounge room. This unique area features a collapsible clear glass wall that can be opened up to the wooded area behind the house. Nature is

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The World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome is the Green Dome in Long Island

The World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome is the Green Dome in Long Island

Kevin Shea's off the map Long Island Green Dome is the ultimate sight to gawk at for any sustainable design junkie.  At 45 feet high, it is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world and nearly

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Proto Homes’ Sunlight Residence Signals a New Dawn for Sustainable Modern Homes

Proto Homes’ Sunlight Residence Signals a New Dawn for Sustainable Modern Homes

Proto Homes' Founder and CEO Frank Vafaee combined his knowledge of architecture and construction with his desire to make modern architecture more affordable. An integral part of the company's strategy

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Parasitic Emergency Homes Can Be Implanted Onto Abandoned Buildings

Parasitic Emergency Homes Can Be Implanted Onto Abandoned Buildings

"With an avant-garde approach and forward thinking, as a designer, my goal was to provide sustainable homes for the stranded survivors in all the overly populated mega city, for this project specifically

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Dwell Houses We Love – Vote For Your Favorite One!

Dwell Houses We Love – Vote For Your Favorite One!

All of the houses are, of course, stunning, but you know how we are - we're partial to eco-friendly materials, energy efficiency, natural daylighting and renewable energy. We found six houses that piqued

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LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe’s Green Prefabs

LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe’s Green Prefabs

Fabulous prefab design just became more accessible as LivingHomes has announced that homes by award-winning architect Ray Kappe will be available at lower cost on a national scale. The six Kappe designs

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Brad Pitt Receives Award From USGBC For Making It Right

Brad Pitt Receives Award From USGBC For Making It Right

If all rich and famous actors used their superpowers for good the way that Brad Pitt does, the world would be a much better place! Last week at the Clinton Global Climate Initiative, the altruistic actor

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Marmol Radziner and Dwell Debut New Skyline Series of Prefabs

Marmol Radziner and Dwell Debut New Skyline Series of Prefabs

Inhabitat favorites Marmol Radziner Prefab and Dwell have teamed together in a joint effort to bring “good design to everyone” with their recently debuted Skyline series of prefabs! Unveiled just this

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Whatcotts Yard ‘In-between’ terrace houses

Whatcotts Yard ‘In-between’ terrace houses

Raw and exposed with a distinct rural Romanticism, UllmayerSylvester Architects' updated version of the terrace house, called the Whatcotts Yard or 'In-between' project, is best known as an independent

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Habitat For Humanity & Drury University LEED Platinum Home

Habitat For Humanity & Drury University LEED Platinum Home

Habitat for Humanity recently announced their first LEED Platinum house in conjunction with students and professors at Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture in Springfield, Missouri.

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Sustainable Homes from Easy Domes

PREFAB FRIDAY: Sustainable Homes from Easy Domes

Echoing the structures of Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Domes, Danish Architect Kári Thomsen and Engineer Ole Vanggaard have created Easy Domes, a series of quick assembly, low-energy homes! Following

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Brad Pitt Breaks Ground in Louisiana with ‘Make It Right’

Brad Pitt Breaks Ground in Louisiana with ‘Make It Right’

The ground is breaking in New Orleans, and it's giving the Lower 9th Ward a reason to celebrate. Thanks to the effort and celebrity backing of a familiar face on Inhabitat, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right

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Green Modus Housing Development Grabs AZ’s 1st LEED-H

Green Modus Housing Development Grabs AZ’s 1st LEED-H

With the growing need for more dense sustainable housing, we can only hope that more developers will take a cue from Phoenix-based Modus Development and their latest residences, The Galleries at Turney.

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GET A TAX CUT FOR GOING GREEN – by Dec 2007!

GET A TAX CUT FOR GOING GREEN – by Dec 2007!

Thinking about making some energy-saving upgrades to your house? An EnergyStar washer perhaps? If so, you might want to consider making that purchase before the end of the year. Come December 31st, you

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UNDERGROUND ECO HOUSE: Snowden House

UNDERGROUND ECO HOUSE: Snowden House

Design firm Crawford Partnership is out to prove that modern living doesn’t require a large footprint, and that sites once used as a repair and lock-up garages make equally excellent sites for a new

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C2C HOME: First Cradle to Cradle house underway

C2C HOME: First Cradle to Cradle house underway

above: entry by Coates and Meldrum Anybody remember the launch of C2C Home a couple of years ago? It was an open competition for residential design using the values of sustainability set forth by

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