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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two bathroom house was

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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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Tesla’s Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

Tesla’s Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

After a recent leak finally revealed that Tesla Motors' new Gigafactory is to be built in Nevada, the company confirmed the news late last week and released a new image of the proposed design. In a joint

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Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Ralph Allen Yard is located in Combe Down, an area in the southern part of Bath that is well known as the source of the stone from which the city was built. To celebrate this rich history, the mixed-use

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Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Yudell and Beebe used to have a larger house on the ocean in Malibu, but they grew tired of their commute into Santa Monica where they both work at Moore Ruble Yudell. To be closer to work, friends and

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Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Vincent Callebaut, visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly, has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world's rivers while purifying their waters. The Physalia is a

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

Hewitt Studios recently completed the Eco-House in Limpley Stoke Valley using local and low-carbon materials. Locally-sourced straw bale wall panels offer breathable carbon negative insulation. Carbon

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Sweetwater Spectrum is a new housing development designed expressly for autistic adults as a safe home that can offer them a purpose and develop more independence. The 2.8 acre site is just a few blocks

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Team Austria’s LISI House Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

Team Austria’s LISI House Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon!

The top 3 homes of this year's competition: 1. Team Austria: Vienna University of Technology - LISI Home 2. Team Las Vegas: University of Nevada Las Vegas - DesertSol Home 3. Team Czech Republic:

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Team Czech Republic’s AIR House Wins the Architecture Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Czech Republic’s AIR House Wins the Architecture Contest at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Team Czech Republic's AIR House earned a score of 98 out of a possible 100 points to win the contest. Architectural juror Richard Swett, CEO and co-founder of Climate PROSPERITY Enterprise Solutions,

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UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

UNC Charlotte’s UrbanEden Solar Decathlon Home Features a Garden Wall for Growing Food in the City

The UNC Charlotte team is calling their UrbanEden "a tree planted in the forest of the city." The Solar Decathlon home is designed for Charlotte’s temperate climate and increasingly urban lifestyle and

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Team Norwich Delta’s T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides All-Weather Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

Team Norwich Delta’s T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides All-Weather Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

The Delta T-90 design is all about providing a sustainable dwelling that provides maximum interior comfort for residents despite extreme temperatures on the exterior, and all at an affordable cost. At the

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Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

Ultra Adaptable Chameleon House Features Moveable Paneled Walls and Shape-Shifting Furniture at the Solar Decathlon

This is the Missouri Team’s fifth Solar Decathlon competition. In fact, they are the only team worldwide to have been accepted into five of the six U.S. Department of Energy intercollegiate architecture

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Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

Team Texas’ Solar Decathlon ADAPT House Takes Advantage of El Paso’s Abundant Sunlight

The Texas student team created ADAPT with the belief that a home is not just a location or state of mind but a place where the heart is.  The house was designed with desert living in mind and the

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Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

2013 is the first time Stanford has competed in the Solar Decathlon - and they brought an impressive entry to the net-zero home competition. Based on the typical climate for the Palo Alto region, the

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Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The 1,300 square foot home is a simple, low-slung L-shaped construction made up of two modules—a 'dry module' that hosts all of the home's living areas and a 'wet module' containing all of Ecohabit's

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Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

As we move into the first official week of the Solar Decathlon 2013, the judges are beginning to make their rounds of the 19 beautiful ultra-efficient solar homes. Although all of the designs are

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Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

The SCI-Arc-/Caltech home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is an exercise two years in the making that reacts to California's love for super-sized suburban tract homes by

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Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all

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Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Though DesertSol was developed as a second home, or "base camp" for an adventurous couple between the ages of 35 and 75, the home is well-suited to serve as a full-time residence for those with minimal

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6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

Sci-Arc/Caltech & DALE Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year's competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous competitions. Their

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Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

Solar-Powered Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Helps UC Davis Achieve Net Zero Goals

The 8,500 sq ft Jess Jackson Sustainable Winery Building is the latest addition to UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Science Facilities in the central valley of California. We wrote last year about the

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Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches

Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches

Based in Santa Cruz, CA, Denevan's art brings an appreciation for natural environments and the passage of time. His large-scale drawings have been accomplished on ice, earth, and now sand. Using a rake or

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Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zero Energy Building

When DPR went hunting for a building for their regional offices in Phoenix, they were surprised to find a good option in a space that used to house a porn mega store. "When we first went to look at it, we

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

The original home was determined to have a compromised foundation, so it was decided a renovation would not achieve the desired results. To minimize the impact of of tearing down the home, the homeowners

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