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Dwell Homes: Off the Grid Part Two

Off the Grid, a recurring feature in the Dwell issues, highlights amazing environmentally-friendly homes. See part one here.
August 29, 2013
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Sustainable Living: Chicago's First Certified Passive House

Take a tour through Chicago's first Passive House built by Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building and Development LLC, with the help of architect Tom Bassett-Dilley. Part of Chicago's inaugural GreenBuilt Home Tour, which occurred in late July, the Passive House was one of 16-award winning Chicago area homes—recognized for its sustainable, practical, and affordable building practices—to be featured in the tour. Click here to view a comprehensive Q&A with Brandon Weiss, president and founder of Weiss Building and Development, as he discusses everything from what a Passive House is to tips on how to minimize losses and maximize passive gains.
August 28, 2013
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Dwell Homes: Off the Grid

Off the Grid, a recurring feature in the Dwell issues, focuses on modern homes that tread lightly on the earth.
August 28, 2013
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A Renovated House in Australia

For a renovation located in Glebe—an inner-city suburb of Sydney, Australia—Carterwilliamson Architects took an environmentally friendly tack. "We believe that 'fit' buildings, buildings that are not big, but ‘big enough’ and flexible enough to accommodate changing lifestyles and that minimize spatial, material, and energy wastage are one of the biggest contributions we as architects can make towards a more sustainable future," says firm principal Shaun Carter. To that end, they repurposed an existing structure, relying on passive heating and cooling principles and natural daylight to guide the project.
August 26, 2013
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6 Issues Dedicated to Sustainable Architecture and Design

At Dwell, we jumped on the sustainability wagon early on and it has always been an incredibly important tenet of our design philosophy. Check out these 6 issues from our archives to see all the ways that sustainable is where it's at.
August 26, 2013
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Easy Being Green: 5 Incredible Sustainable Homes

One of our perennial favorite departments at Dwell is Off the Grid, our monthly section devoted to sustainable architecture, materials and techniques. Off the Grid has been a part of Dwell since the very beginning, and after 13 years, we've amassed quite the archive. Here are a few favorites from issues past.
August 20, 2013
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8 Great Earth Homes

Harnessing the power of dirt, sand, soil, and earth, these projects prove that modern houses are not just made of glass and steel.
July 31, 2013
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The First LEED Gold-Certified Family Home in San Diego

A multi-generational home in San Diego, California, elegantly combines sustainability and luxury.
June 29, 2013
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Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui

With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape.
June 24, 2013
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