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Habitat for Humanity Home in Kansas Channels Midcentury California

El Dorado's Habitat for Humanity prototype brings Eichler-esque style to the prairie.
January 4, 2015
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Most Popular Homes of 2014: Green

To celebrate 2014, we're rounding up the homes that were most popular on Dwell.com this year. Take a look at readers' favorite green residences, from an off-the-grid cabin near the Ozarks to an efficient home in Chicago.
December 31, 2014
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Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold

The Passivhaus Institut in Darnstadt, Germany, announced today that a million square meters of interior space—or nearly 10.8 million square feet—have been certified as having met the passive house standard. The threshold was crossed with the certification of a renovated Arts and Crafts-style house in Santa Cruz, California, dating to 1922, the institute reported. Passive houses are “zero-energy” structures that have no active heating or cooling systems and maintain a comfortable interior temperature through a combination of an airtight envelope and a heat-exchange system. “The primary purpose of certification is quality assurance,” says Zeno Bastian, head of building certification for the Passivhaus Institut. “With this internationally recognized seal, building owners are safe in the knowledge that the desired savings for heating costs and added benefits of a passive house will actually be realized.” Click through the slideshow for images of structures that the Passivhaus Institut named as finalists and winners of its 2014 Passive House Awards.
December 9, 2014
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7 Sustainable Second Homes

Therapeutic for the mind and the planet, these green getaways demonstrate how smart R&R balances comfort and conscientiousness.
December 9, 2014
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Seattle Home Carefully Blocks Out Neighbors, While Celebrating Natural Surroundings

Melding corrugated metal with Douglas Fir wood, a sustainable home in Seattle brings nature inside while preserving a couple’s privacy.
December 4, 2014

Bespoke Treehouses Let You Live Above the Tree Line

The brainchild of a former British climate scientist, Bower House Construction takes a sophisticated, nature-first approach to custom treehouses. While there's a childlike appeal to living among the trees, these structures are no flights of fancy, as the following photos demonstrate.
November 21, 2014
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Energy-Efficient Prefab Responds to Seattle Climate

In Seattle, the Aurora Greenfab 2100 Series by Hybrid Architects achieves energy efficiency in a modular, compact frame. With an open floor plan, automatic sliding doors, and a rooftop deck, the home makes for a comfortable family home that leaves a light footprint. Read more about the project on Porch.com.
November 21, 2014
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SANAA's Design for Grace Farms Blends Architecture with Nature

On Grace Farms's pastoral plot of land in New Canaan, Connecticut, the River by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA takes shape.
November 19, 2014
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8 Eco-Friendly Homes in Los Angeles

Los Angeles isn't all mansions and superhighways. As these eight homes demonstrate, sustainability is within reach in America's second largest city.
November 12, 2014
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