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April 15, 2014
Eight modern homes that incorporate sustainable building practices into their oceanfront locations.
Modern sustainable house by the beach

The locally quarried stone facade of this beachside home in Chile acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day that is released through the evening. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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Originally appeared in Tunquen Treasure
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Corrugated aluminum screen porch

A cistern and a composting toilet are some of the green design elements found in this island getaway in Maine. Photo by Eirik Johnson.

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Originally appeared in A Tiny Cabin is This Writer's Off the Grid Getaway
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herbst house exterior

In New Zealand, a solar-powered home collects and stores rainwater, meeting the needs of its residents while working with the climate and rainfall patterns of the surrounding landscape. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

Originally appeared in 10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes
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High ceilings and generous expanses of glass more than compensate for the lack of a second floor.

Using a combination of computer technology and onsite observation, the architects who constructed this family home in Tasmania calculated the pitch of the main roof's overhang to let in as much low winter sun as possible, while shielding the interior from the more extreme summer sun. Photo by Peter Hyatt.

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A two-level steel-and-glass tower in Tasmania features a pair of skillion roofs that siphon rain into tanks below the house for daily use. Photo by Peter Hyatt.

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Originally appeared in Rising to the Occasion
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flood proof house exterior

In Stinson Beach, California, a home threatened by the rising tides features passive heating and cooling. An entry courtyard of drought-resistant plants embraces the flora and fauna of the home's environment. Photo by Mathew Scott.

Originally appeared in A Look at Waterfront Homes
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Wedged into the hillside, a Big Sur, California, home participates in the terrain's unique melding of sea and land. Entering through large, seaward-facing windows, the sun illuminates this home's interior spaces. Photo by Robert Canfield.

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Originally appeared in Cliff Hangers
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A cabin on Canada's Georgian Bay is powered only by solar panels and operates on a graywater system. Photo by Mark Giglio. 

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Modern sustainable house by the beach

The locally quarried stone facade of this beachside home in Chile acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day that is released through the evening. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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