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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

After living for years in Seoul, Dr. Jung Soik wanted to move to a remote country village on Namhae, but wanted her home to be self-sufficient in terms of energy use. So she and Lifethings designed a

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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Following an international seminar about the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India, Sami Rintala, Daggur Eggertsson and Pasi Aalto of Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a group of

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Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

Solar-Powered ZCB is the First Zero Carbon Building in Hong Kong

The ZCB (Zero Carbon Building) is Hong Kong's first net-zero energy building and it was developed to promote low-carbon living and showcase low/zero carbon design and technologies. The building and its

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Bureau A Builds a Tiny Levitating Sauna On a Factory Rooftop in Geneva

Bureau A Builds a Tiny Levitating Sauna On a Factory Rooftop in Geneva

Floating above the roof of the old Kugler factory in the center of Geneva is a simple wooden sauna to be shared by local creatives. Its design is very basic, and it looks similar to an adapted DIY

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Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

Self-Sufficient Shipping Container Sauna Box Will Get You Hot & Steamy

We first caught wind of the Sauna Box back in 2005 and since then Castor has built a number of these custom units and updated them along the way. The Sauna Box is built within an 8x8x8 ft mini shipping

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Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

Simpatico Homes is based on a prefab system whereby clients can create a semi-custom home by combining pre-designed modular units. The prototype is a 2-story, 3 bedroom home on a narrow urban infill lot

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Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Nybyggerne Sustainable Housing Will Be the First DGNB-Certified Housing Project in Denmark

Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved. DGNB is a new green building certification system that is

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Studio H Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build a Shipping Container Classroom at Berkeley’s REALM Charter School

Studio H Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build a Shipping Container Classroom at Berkeley’s REALM Charter School

Regular readers of Inhabitat are likely to be familiar with Studio H. The high school design/build curriculum, which was founded by friend of Inhabitat Emily Pilloton, creates large-scale community

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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Clemson University’s Lee Hall III Expansion Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Clemson University’s Lee Hall III Expansion Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Clemson University's Lee Hall III expansion project just received LEED Gold certification, making it the 11th Clemson project to be LEED certified. Designed in partnership between NYC-based Thomas Phifer

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Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is the First Net-Zero Senior Housing Project in the US

Paisano Green Community is a new typology for public housing and generates more energy than it uses. Solar photovoltaics on the roof and two wind turbines work to power the 73-unit facility and any excess

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Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

Massachusetts’ John W Olver Transit Center is the Nation’s First Net Zero Bus Station

John W. Olver Transit Center by Charles Rose Architects serves as the new central bus station for the city of Greenfield in Massachusetts. The 24,000 sq ft, two-story building also features government

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Grow Community is a Prefab Net-Zero Housing Development on Bainbridge Island

Grow Community is a Prefab Net-Zero Housing Development on Bainbridge Island

Grow Community is an 8-acre net-zero housing development near Winslow on Bainbridge Island. Just a five-minute walk to downtown Winslow, the community is aptly situated to enjoy both the urban and rural

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Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020

Tech Company Intel Predicts Zero-Energy Computing by 2020

Over the years, modern computers and gadgets have required less energy inputs as they have been designed to conserve energy and be more efficient. Now computing firm Intel has announced at the Intel

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Nomura’s UK Headquarters is London’s First Carbon Neutral Building

Nomura’s UK Headquarters is London’s First Carbon Neutral Building

Nomura's office is built on the site of a former project that makes use of 30% of the existing infrastructure as a way to reduce impact, resources and costs. The project also increased public space along

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LEED Platinum Marin Country Day School is the First Zero-Energy Classroom in North America

LEED Platinum Marin Country Day School is the First Zero-Energy Classroom in North America

The campus follows the tone set by its natural surroundings, and EHDD did a good job of bringing the landscape into the heart of the campus via a terraced courtyard. The outdoor learning spaces adjacent

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Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

MoSA Architects' work is focused on developing and building affordable and energy efficient homes that make it easy for the homeowner to minimize their environmental impact. Prior to their most recent

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Shelter@Rainforest: Self-Sufficient Net Zero Longhouse Supports Sustainable Reforestation in Malaysia

Shelter@Rainforest: Self-Sufficient Net Zero Longhouse Supports Sustainable Reforestation in Malaysia

Shelter@Rainforest is located in a remote location that is a five-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. It serves as the family home for the manager of a forestry company that is

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Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Self-Sustaining HOUS.E+ is a Rammed Earth Home of the Future in Vancouver

Polifactory came up with the concept for the self-sufficient HOUS.E+ for the 100 Mile House design competition, which concluded in May. Although not a winner, the home makes use of number of sustainable

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Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

Thai architects Achawin Laohavichairat, Montakan Manosong, and Peerapon Karunwiwat have conceptualized a fascinating beehive-style apartment that lives off the waste of existing buildings. Instead of

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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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Berlin’s Jungfernheide Park Lets You Climb Amidst Hundred-Year-Old Treetops

Berlin’s Jungfernheide Park Lets You Climb Amidst Hundred-Year-Old Treetops

Waldhochseilgarten is only 15 minutes away from West Berlin, and access is provided through a luscious forest road full of oaks, elms and maple trees. The whole climbing park system -- including the

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Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First Zero-Energy Vertical Farm!

Abandoned Food Factory to be Transformed into Chicago’s First Zero-Energy Vertical Farm!

The Plant is a large vertical farm in southeast Chicago that houses Plant Chicago and a few other food producing tenants. The city's first vertical farm was started in 2010 and is expected to be fully

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Zero-Energy Huginn & Muninn Sauna on Stilts Inspired by Norse Mythology

Zero-Energy Huginn & Muninn Sauna on Stilts Inspired by Norse Mythology

Huginn & Muninn means “Thought” and “Memory” - the names of two ravens belonging to the Nordic god Odin in Norse mythology. The legend describes how the Nordic god sent the two ravens

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Transparent Typographical ‘Teacher’s House’ Facade Doubles as a Sunscreen in Norway

Transparent Typographical ‘Teacher’s House’ Facade Doubles as a Sunscreen in Norway

As it stands, Teacher's House (also known as the jewelry box) will rely on state energy supplies for about 50-100 peak hours a year, which isn't much given the building's northern latitude. So how is this

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Zero Carbon IDeAs Z2 Design Facility Pops up in Renovated Silicon Valley Bank

Zero Carbon IDeAs Z2 Design Facility Pops up in Renovated Silicon Valley Bank

Heralded as one of the first zero-energy, zero-carbon commercial buildings in the US, the IDeAs Z2 Design Facility is located in a formerly windowless bank that has been transformed into a light-filled

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Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

Groundbreaking Zero-Energy zHomes Are Topped with a Massive Solar Array

David Vandervort was keen to create a happy marriage between the relative urbanity of Issaquah and a sense of privacy for the residents living at zHome. The entire complex is organized around a central

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Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

Net-Zero Yin Yang House Soaks up the Sun’s Rays in Venice Beach, California

The net zero Yin Yang House was created by Brooks + Scarpa for a growing family who wanted a calm, relaxed and organized environment that emphasizes family space. The private bedrooms are kept small on

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Austria’s Climate Protection Supermarket Produces More Energy Than It Uses

Austria’s Climate Protection Supermarket Produces More Energy Than It Uses

The Climate Protection Supermarket by LOVE Architecture is self-sufficient in terms of energy production and actually produces more than the store uses, making it Austria’s first energy self-sufficient

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