Green Building 155 Ideabooks
The term “passive” is getting thrown around almost as frequently as the word “green” these days. But what does it actually mean? And how does the all-encompassing adjective differ from the measurable standards of the capitalized Passive House? I’ve mentioned before that the...
What's LEED All About, Anyway?
If you're looking for a sustainable, energy-efficient home, look into LEED certification. Learn about the program and its rating system here
5 Common-Sense Ways to Get a Greener Home Design
You don't need fancy systems or elaborate schemes to make your home energy efficient and sustainable. You just need to choose wisely
What Is a Living Building?
Part philosophy, part advocacy, the Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live
What Is Organic Architecture, Anyway?
Practitioners of organic architecture seek to connect houses more closely with their natural surroundings. Here's how they do it
Insulation Basics: Designing for Temperature Extremes in Any Season
Stay comfy during unpredictable weather — and prevent unexpected bills — by efficiently insulating and shading your home
Design Workshop: Shutters, All Grown Up
Shutters are back! They’re modern, functional and a sensible investment for a more comfortable, efficient home
Living on the Edge of the Wild
When Mother Nature is your neighbor, the possibilities — and responsibilities — can be that much greater
Houzz Tour: Modern Efficiency in the English Countryside
Passive House principles make a new contemporary home for a Gloucestershire family of 5 a model of energy-efficient design
Houzz Tour: Passive House Principles, Active Benefits in Portland
Lower energy bills and consistent temperatures are just two of the advantages of this architect’s newly built home
The Future of Smart Design: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
See why reducing waste in a home construction project should appeal to every architect, designer and client
Houzz Tour: Meet a Home Made With Minivan Parts
Sawn-off car roofs for the siding, windows popped out of van doors ... this California home is as resourceful as it is beautiful
Houzz Tour: New Twists for a Traditional New York Saltbox
How to Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Learn what Energy Star ratings mean, what special license your contractor should have, whether permits are required and more
How to Recycle Your Kitchen
Instead of adding to the junk pile — and paying landfill fees — get rid of old appliances, cabinets and countertops the ecofriendly way