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June 17, 2013
It ain’t easy being green, but it’s worth the extra effort. Here, we share five sustainable homes that don’t skimp on design.
Longhouse in New Zealand

The Longhouse in Martinborough, New Zealand, has a narrow footprint and an angled site placement to provide loads of natural light and cross-ventilation. 

Originally appeared in Long Division
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Green roof in california environmentally friendly

Using a Hydrotech roofing system, Carver & Schicketanz created a low-maintenance green roof using native plants such as California oat and red fescue. 

Originally appeared in Svelte Veldte
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courtyard house environmentally friendly

Stucco walls, a galvanized-metal roof, and concrete floors all contribute to the passive design of the hacienda-inspired Courtyard House. Window-walls and thermal chimney skylights take advantage of western breezes to create natural air-conditioning. 

Originally appeared in Sit to Be Fit
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shade house houston texas

A clever radiant barrier house wrap repels heat and bounces back into the atmosphere in this affordable townhome in Houston, Texas. The wood floors throughout the condos are recycled gym floors from nearby schools.

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Originally appeared in Houston, We've Solved a Problem
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wind catcher house england
British architects Sheppard Robson created a vertical void, called a wind catcher, which functions as a low-tech passive cooling system. Originally designed and used in Persian cities, it pulls cool air down from the roof level and disperses a light breeze throughout the home. 
 
Originally appeared in London Cooling
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Longhouse in New Zealand

The Longhouse in Martinborough, New Zealand, has a narrow footprint and an angled site placement to provide loads of natural light and cross-ventilation. 

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