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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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9 Young Designers to Know Now

As we begin culling our lists for Dwell's fourth Young Guns installment, in April of 2015, here's a look back at some of the emerging designers we've profiled in our pages.
December 9, 2014
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28 Triangles Make Up This Hyper-Angular Family Home

Fresh geometries inform a modular residence in Portland, Oregon.
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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Ask the Expert: Gift-Buying Tips from Byron Peart of Want Les Essentiels de la Vie

Byron Peart, a co-founder of luxury accessories brand Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, shares the items he can't live without.
December 9, 2014
Encinitas kitchen remodel features custom dining table.

Bright Kitchen Remodel Contrasts Bright White and Dark Wood

By adding natural light and circulation to Frederic and Sally Pla's existing kitchen, designer Sol Quintana Wagoner achieved a comfortable atmosphere ideal for entertaining house guests.
December 9, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: For the Person Who Has Everything

We all have that friend or relative: the person who knows what they like, and has an extensive collection to back it up. What to get someone who has everything? We've gathered a few suggestions that the choosiest recipients are sure to appreciate.
December 9, 2014

Young Guns 2013

For our second annual Young Guns report, we scoured the globe for the emerging designers and products that you need to know now. In addition to tracking this year's vanguard, we also take a Second Look at what 2012's inaugural class is making and where its rising stars are headed.
December 8, 2014
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Youngest Guns 2012

We jostled our way into the hallowed halls of academia to spotlight four shining examples of student-made work.
December 8, 2014
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