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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...
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...
What's LEED All About, Anyway?
How can you tell the difference between houses that look environmentally friendly and ones that actually are? Home certifications can help. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is...
5 Common-Sense Ways to Get a Greener Home Design
Going green with your home design project is a decision made by degrees, with layers of opportunities to choose materials and methods that will yield improved energy efficiency, sustainability and functionality. It's a commitment with a potentially great...
What Is a Living Building?
We’ve all heard of a sustainable building, but what about a living building? That’s the focus of the International Living Future Institute’s Living...
Houzz Tour: Off-the-Grid Island Home Circles a Sunny Courtyard
It was something like 25 degrees below zero one February in Winnipeg, Canada, when Holly McNally picked up the National Post newspaper and flipped to the travel section. A full-page story raved about Sidney Island, part of the Gulf Islands...
Zero Net Energy: A Hardworking-House Term to Know
If you have not yet heard the term “zero net energy,” or ZNE, you will soon be hearing it everywhere. Most simply it means that a building consumes only as much energy as it can produce by renewable methods. Since buildings consume about 25 percent...
Two Homes Focus on Community
Community housing often gets a bad rap for being poorly designed and a blot on the urban landscape. These two modest, ecofriendly homes, by Strachan Group Architects, sit on a shared site west of Auckland, New Zealand, and defy that stereotype....
How Thermal Mass Keeps You Warm and Cool
It’s been around since Roman times, so it’s not exactly new, but we hear the term “thermal mass” bandied around these days when we talk about passive solar design and sustainable homes. So what exactly does it mean? If you want to...
How to Add a Radiant Heat System
So you’re thinking about adding radiant heating or cooling to your house. Unless you have particular renovation constraints, you’re most likely going to be looking at a hydronic system — one based on water. Here are some tips to help you get started...
Kitchen of the Week: Good Looking and Accessible to All
When Dave and Judi Cornis found that houses on the market didn’t seem compatible with Dave’s wheelchair, they decided to build a home that would suit their needs. The empty-nest couple chose a scenic site in Port Townsend, Washington, a community...
Houzz Tour: Home Keeps Its Place on ‘Sustainability Street’
Situated in a Sydney, Australia, cul-de-sac locally known as “Sustainability Street” because of its commitment to reducing negative environmental impacts, this midcentury brick home needed a stylish renovation that kept sustainability in mind. Homeowners...
Students’ Award-Winning Home Leaves Small Footprint
With prefabricated components, solar power, airtight construction and a small footprint, this home, designed and built by a team of students at New Zealand’s Victoria University, earned third place in 2011 in the U.S. Solar Decathlon, an international...
Houzz Tour: An Innovative Home Shows What It’s Made Of
This couple had an especially ambitious list of goals when they hired Meditch Murphey Architects to build a new house for them outside of Washington, D.C. Like many people planning a new home these days, they wanted to design for the future, incorporate...
10 Things to Know About Prefab Homes
Are prefabricated homes, which are constructed at least partially offsite, really more eco-friendly than stick-built homes? How do costs compare? If you’re wondering if a prefabricated home is right for you, or if you’re just curious, these 10 need-to-know...
Insulation Basics: Natural and Recycled Materials
Natural insulation materials, like wood fiber, expanded cork and sheep’s wool, tend to be more expensive than their more commonly used counterparts, such as fiberglass, polystyrene and rock wool. But they have a couple of advantages over synthetic...
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