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Modern Green Concept House in South Korea

The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country.
March 25, 2012
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About Face

Solar panels have a reputation as being unsightly, but this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon show home sheds the stereotype that photovoltaic arrays are eyesores.
March 17, 2012
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A Zero-Energy Community: Final Post

Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 11: The Last Post   This will be my last blog post for Dwell.  It’s been a lot of fun to share zHome and I know from the web traffic coming to the zHome site that a lot of you have been reading this.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it!zHome has been an incredible amount of work for all involved, but here at the end there is a ton of satisfaction that we’ve achieved and surpassed our goals.  Even in this down market, the project has inspired many thousands of people.  10,000 people have received on site tours, we’ve held over 100 classes throughout the region, and hundreds of thousands have heard about zHome nationally through various media.  The spring sales effort has begun, and one family is already moved in.
March 13, 2012

lamesadevenn: Part Five

In this series, trace the evolution of lamesadevenn, an international collaborative of architects, product designers, and communication specialists who are redefining how and why we design. Journalist Seth Biderman and illustrator Nacho Durá chronicle their “living project,” the Rancho—a live/work space built to foster community and sustainability in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Part 5: Sourcing the Crowd Unlike most architectural projects, which focus on the relationship of a building to its surrounding landscape, lamesadevenn also focuses on the relationship of the building to the surrounding people. In other words, the building not only matches its landscape, but also embraces the values and beliefs of the people who live nearby. Think of it this way: it's like inviting your neighbors to give input on your kitchen remodel—a Pandora’s Box any sensible designer would keep firmly shut.
March 3, 2012
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Near Westside Story

Three houses in Syracuse win a sustainable design competition and reshape an urban neighborhood for $200,000 apiece.
February 25, 2012
Shotgun house with CabFab composite board sliding doors

Project: Live Work Home

Richard Cook, a principal at Cook + Fox Architects, surveyed the Near Westside’s inventory of vacant structures and arrived at a conclusion that would guide the design of the Live Work Home. “The last thing in the world that the Near Westside needed was another house, whether it’s green or otherwise,” he says. “What it needed was a new prototype.”
February 24, 2012
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Project: TED

Unlike its next-door neighbor, R-House, TED wasn’t originally planned to meet the exacting Passive House standard. Onion Flats initially won on the basis of its relatively straightforward proposal for a two-bedroom house with a three-story interior atrium. The building’s green bona fides came largely from four roof-mounted thermal solar panels and a 120-gallon water storage tank that Tim McDonald, a partner at the firm, says would have met nearly all of the home’s heat and hot-water needs.
February 24, 2012
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Project: R-House

Passive solar design, which promotes passive means of generating and retaining warmth over active—and expensive—systems, is central to R-House’s success. Solar gain—chiefly from rear-facing windows that cascade from roofline to threshold on the building’s south side—and heat generated by people and electrical equipment warm the house. A thick, superinsulated, and tightly sealed exterior minimizes heat loss, and an energy-recovery ventilation system transfers warmth from the inside air that is being exhausted to the fresh air being drawn from the outside.
February 24, 2012
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A Zero-Energy Community: Part 10

Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 10: Designing for Disassembly Note from Brad Liljequist: Patti Southard has been involved in zHome since its beginning in 2006 and has helped inspire and leverage its core goal of market transformation in myriad ways. This is her second guest installment of the zHome blog, written with Kinley Diller.
February 19, 2012