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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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Belgravia Green is a Net Zero Energy Showhouse in Edmonton

Belgravia Green is a Net Zero Energy Showhouse in Edmonton

Belgravia Green is a collaborative effort between homeowners, local experts and Effect Home Builders to push the envelope on housing and produce as much energy as the home uses. The 1,540 square-foot home

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become much

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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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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright's reverence for the natural world is well documented - the famed architect coined the term "organic architecture," a style of building that blends in seamlessly with the natural world.

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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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Jihyun Ryou’s Charming Art Objects Save Food From The Fridge

Jihyun Ryou’s Charming Art Objects Save Food From The Fridge

Refrigerators are currently the most popular (and in many cases, only) way to keep our food fresh, but since they run 24/7, they're hardly the most eco-friendly. Wondering what kinds of alternatives we

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Clemson Students Win Design To Zero Competition With Sustainable and Stylish LiveWork Units

Clemson Students Win Design To Zero Competition With Sustainable and Stylish LiveWork Units

LiveWork by Eric Laine and Suzanne Steelman came out on top of the Dow Solar Design to Zero competition for its clever combination of sustainable building strategies and incorporation of both living and

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Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

mnm.MOD's building system relies on an advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values. Fabricated off-site, the walls

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities,

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US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School's green features are apparent from the moment one approaches the school, as 12 wind turbines rise 45  feet into the air alongside the building. While visually impressive,

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RAU Architecture’s Serpentine Dutch De St@art (The T@il) Aims for Net Carbon Neutral

RAU Architecture’s Serpentine Dutch De St@art (The T@il) Aims for Net Carbon Neutral

Apenheul is a unique open-air zoo for primates that rests in a heavily forested area east of Amsterdam. The De St@art (The T@il) was designed for the zoo as a multi-use facility to house a visitors'

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Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

The aim of the Garducho Biological Center (Estação Biológica do Garducho) is to foster sensitivity to the importance of biodiversity, and to increase scientific knowledge on the species and habitats in

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Four-Cornered Villa is an Off-Grid Minimalist Retreat in Finland

Four-Cornered Villa is an Off-Grid Minimalist Retreat in Finland

The 78 square meter cabin was designed by Finnish architect Ville Hara with partner Anu Puustinen, who together comprise Avanto Architects. The simple home is laid out in the shape of a cross, and the

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Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

Pixel is a ‘Future Office’ - a prototype for commercial buildings that produce their own power and collect their own water for a future carbon constrained world. The four story building is home to

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for Zero Energy ‘Bastide Niel’ City District in Bordeaux

MVRDV Unveils Plans for Zero Energy ‘Bastide Niel’ City District in Bordeaux

MVRDV Architects and the Urban Community of Bordeaux (CUB) have joined forces to design a brand new eco-community called Bastide Niel on the banks of the Garonne River. Spanning nearly 86 acres of

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The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia

Philadelphia just gave the go-ahead for a large mixed-use multi-family housing project that is urban friendly and energy frugal. Conceived by design/build group Onion Flats, The Ridge' will be the

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

The Thessaloniki Water Transport system makes use of four piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) around the Greek city to pick up and drop off ferry passengers. Giannikis SHOP proposed a

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UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

The University of California at Davis has just opened the doors to the first phase of its West Village complex -- an ambitious net zero energy housing and recreation development that will eventually

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The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The house makes use of classic solar passive design strategies like clerestory windows on the north side, and principle rooms on the south side -- both arranged to take advantage of the sunlight and

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Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

In order to defend against an attack from the undead, you'll need a specially equipped house that first of all keeps out the brain hungry zombies. Then you'll need a way to sustain yourself while inside

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Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Located in Grande Synthe in the north of France, the Stadium du Littoral is a tour de force when it comes to sports. The 12 hectare site has three rugby fields, two football fields, an archery round,

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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings -- summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines a lot, and

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Zero Emission Pavilion Made From Hundreds of Seasonal Tree Cuttings For Climate Week in Hamburg

Zero Emission Pavilion Made From Hundreds of Seasonal Tree Cuttings For Climate Week in Hamburg

To build the temporary pavilion, partnerundpartner followed the basic rules of “Cradle to Cradle”, so the structure is a CO2-positive space installation, and completely recyclable. Built from wood,

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Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Through their various decisions, the 40-member team from Ghent University constantly stressed affordability and efficiency. The house begins with a starter unit that, and according to the buyer’s time

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University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The results of the 2011 Solar Decathlon have just been announced, and the winner is University of Maryland WaterShed house! The beautiful water-conservation themed house has been leading the competition

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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