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  1. 6 Teensy Tiny Dwellings
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    6 Teensy Tiny Dwellings

    By "tiny," we don't mean cramped cottages or starter apartments. We mean houses the size of parking spots. These six dwellings are on the cutting-edge of the micro-housing movement.

    written by: Luke Hopping
    03.03.15

  2. Passive Materials Cool this Bright White Tropical Home
    Houses We Love

    Passive Materials Cool this Bright White Tropical Home

    Concrete and granite fill a refreshingly minimal update in Coconut Grove, Florida.

    written by: Emma Janzen
    03.26.15

  3. Modern Renovation of a Midcentury House in Los Angeles
    House Tours

    Modern Renovation of a Midcentury House in Los Angeles

    With new owners, a locally-renowned midcentury home in Los Angeles begins a fresh chapter.

    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    05.27.14

  4. 5 Modern Historical Home Renovations in England
    Renovation

    5 Modern Historical Home Renovations in England

    Building atop thousands of years of history is an enormous responsibility, but these architects from Bath to Sheffield handle their historical renovations with aplomb.

    written by: Luke Hopping
    04.30.15

  5. 5 Energy Storage Solutions That Will Make Renewables a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels
    Green

    5 Energy Storage Solutions That Will Make Renewables a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels

    Grid-scale storage may be revolutionizing the market for clean energy.

    written by: William Lamb
    05.02.15

  6. Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses
    Green

    Super Green Affordable Housing Introduces Passive Design to the Masses

    Multifamily housing projects that meet Passive House standards are bringing European-style energy efficiency to a new demographic in the United States.

    written by: Hannah Wallace
    05.03.15

  7. Modern Meets Rugged at This Off-the-Grid Retreat in Ontario
    Houses We Love

    Modern Meets Rugged at This Off-the-Grid Retreat in Ontario

    Clad in a rich wood palette, architect Charles Gane's summer cottage on the Georgian Bay draws all its energy needs from a mighty solar array.

    written by: Luke Hopping
    05.17.15

  8. Welcome Hut
    House Tours

    Welcome Hut

    Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects is known for its green designs. "We've done lots of LEED-certified buildings, but we're looking toward the bigger picture of sustainability,"...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.27.10

  9. This Spacious Home in a Former Warehouse is Part Art Gallery
    House Tours

    This Spacious Home in a Former Warehouse is Part Art Gallery

    A Brooklyn home eschews conventional domesticity in favor of dramatic, open spaces and a stripped-down aesthetic.

    written by: Sam Eichblatt
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    05.28.15

  10. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Jason F. McLennan

    Jason F. McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organization in the field of sustainable development.

    01.01.09

  11. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
    Outdoor

    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  12. 101 Being Green
    Design 101

    101 Being Green

    Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.10

  13. Earth Sheltered Homes
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    Earth Sheltered Homes

    Homes built underground (aka Earth Sheltered Homes) are starting to look pretty enticing, what with the state of the economy and all. And contrary to what you'd think, they can be light, airy and...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.19.08

  14. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  15. Flickr Pool: Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities
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    Flickr Pool: Green Buildings and Sustainable Communities

    Flickr is a great place to find visual inspiration, often allowing you to travel all around the world right from your desk chair. One group is pooling photos of their favorite green buildings and...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.30.08

  16. Lifecycle Building Challenge
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    Lifecycle Building Challenge

    In economic downturns of yore, "reduce, reuse, and recycle" was less a mantra of environmental do-gooders than a financial survival strategy. Which is where the second annual Lifecycle...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.16.08

  17. A Case Study Case Study
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    A Case Study Case Study

    Meltdown, shmeltdown: If you've got a spare $14 million, you can have a genuine Case Study house, a Pacific Ocean view—and a 1990s mansion to boot.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.17.08

  18. SchubLaden's Modern Salvage
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    SchubLaden's Modern Salvage

    The use of salvaged material in design has become such a strong sign of responsibility and sustainability that it sometimes becomes the sole crutch for products that otherwise have little aesthetic...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.01.09

  19. Ace Sustainable Symposium: Talking About Green
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    Ace Sustainable Symposium: Talking About Green

    Last week I attended a sustainability symposium focused on furthering the dialog about living "green." It's a ubiquitous term these days that has become as much a marketing tool as an...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.20.09

  20. Teaching by Example
    Profiles

    Teaching by Example

    When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students,...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.13.09

  21. Koji Tsutsui
    Profiles

    Koji Tsutsui

    In September 2008, architect Koji Tsutsui accepted the Ceramic Tiles of Italy award for designing a modern, white-tiled residence in Tokyo. One day later, he traded the spotlights of European...

    08.30.09

  22. Green

    Iceynene

    Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.

    01.01.09

  23. Green

    Geothermal Heat Facts and Figures

    No matter where you live, you can use the stable temperatures of the earth to condition building spaces. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air, so it can be used to heat a house. In summer...

    01.01.09

  24. Green

    Eco-Hat

    The EcoHat is as typical of the Oxley Woods design as an old-fashioned chimney. The unit is easily accessible from inside the home, allowing for repairs and updates to technology without the need...

    01.01.09

  25. Green

    Straw House: Facts and Figures

    Environment: About 200 million tons of straw go to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by...

    01.01.09

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