7 Sustainable Homes Worth Sharing

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June 13, 2013
We see a lot of “green” architecture in the Dwell office, but these seven homes don’t just borrow the buzzword, they push boundaries and challenge the idea of what sustainability really means in architecture.
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  The New Pioneers  Utah’s first LEED for homes is nestled into the side of Emigration Canyon is designed to be flexible and adaptable to their growing family’s needs.   Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    The New Pioneers  Utah’s first LEED for homes is nestled into the side of Emigration Canyon is designed to be flexible and adaptable to their growing family’s needs. 
    Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  Z for Two  Two adjoining six-story homes restore a formerly run-down urban lot in Portland, Oregon,  with Z-Haus, Atelier Waechter’s take on a European sustainable home.  Photo by Shawn Records.
    Z for Two  Two adjoining six-story homes restore a formerly run-down urban lot in Portland, Oregon,  with Z-Haus, Atelier Waechter’s take on a European sustainable home.
    Photo by Shawn Records.
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  The Bright Stuff  “The premise was to build a house that would last 400 years,” says the resident of this Denver abode that runs completely on solar power.
    The Bright Stuff  “The premise was to build a house that would last 400 years,” says the resident of this Denver abode that runs completely on solar power.
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  A Sweetheart Deal  An elegant beach house stays in tune with its surroundings by using a prefabricated foundation, geothermal heating, and passive systems.   Photo by Ty Cole. Courtesy of © TY COLE.
    A Sweetheart Deal  An elegant beach house stays in tune with its surroundings by using a prefabricated foundation, geothermal heating, and passive systems. 
    Photo by Ty Cole. Courtesy of © TY COLE.
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  Passive Progressive  Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture only uses a tenth of the energy a conventionally constructed home does.   Photo by Nicholas Calcott. Courtesy of © 2012 Nicholas Calcott.
    Passive Progressive  Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture only uses a tenth of the energy a conventionally constructed home does.
     
    Photo by Nicholas Calcott. Courtesy of © 2012 Nicholas Calcott.
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  A Super Recycled House in the Netherlands  In the eastern Netherlands, Superuse Studios built a home almost entirely out of locally sourced scrap from billboards to broken umbrellas.   Photo by Mark Seelen.
    A Super Recycled House in the Netherlands  In the eastern Netherlands, Superuse Studios built a home almost entirely out of locally sourced scrap from billboards to broken umbrellas. 
    Photo by Mark Seelen.
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  Into the Great Wide Open  This 925-square-foot house in a rural corner of Ontario relied on passive heating and cooling strategies to become off-the-grid.   Photo by Derek Shapton. Courtesy of © Derek Shapton.
    Into the Great Wide Open  This 925-square-foot house in a rural corner of Ontario relied on passive heating and cooling strategies to become off-the-grid. 
    Photo by Derek Shapton. Courtesy of © Derek Shapton.
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