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5 Super-Insulated Houses That Stand Up to Winter's Chill

By following Passive House guidelines, architects can create houses keep in the heat without major utility bills.
November 12, 2015
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This Kid-Friendly Home is Full of Surprises

Clad in black-stained cedar, a monolithic family home rises from its alpine setting outside Queenstown, New Zealand.
April 15, 2015
In Los Angeles, a technology entrepreneur turned residential developer introduces a new line of modern, LEED-certified prefab houses.

9 Energy-Efficient Prefab Homes

Prefabrication can be used to solve anything from budget concerns to building obstacles. Packed with a range of sustainable features, these prefab homes tackle environmental issues, too.
August 7, 2014
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Abstract Trellis Cools Down Tennessee Home

A dramatic trellis adds bravado and a passive cooling element to a recently renovated mid-century ranch house.
September 26, 2012
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Passive Progressive

Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.
August 18, 2012
The Shift House, by Portland–based firm Root Design Build, is among the first residences in the United States to be designed according to Passive House standard. The project got its name from the "shifted" placement of the front and rear sections of the h

Passive Acceptance

Virtually unknown in the United States, Passive Houses are starting to make a big impression with their small footprints.
October 22, 2009
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The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.
May 4, 2009
The Floating House rests in a cove on Beth and Doug Worple's horseshoe-shaped private island. Clad in raw cedar, it's a contemporary riff on the traditional boathouses found throughout the area—but simplified, as architect Michael Meredith puts it, into a

Floating House, Lake Huron

On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic.
February 26, 2009
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Winds of Change

Caught in the grip of the worst drought in a century, Australians are showering together.
February 1, 2009