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  1. Green

    Iceynene

    Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.

    01.01.09

  2. Green

    Geothermal Heat Facts and Figures

    No matter where you live, you can use the stable temperatures of the earth to condition building spaces. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air, so it can be used to heat a house. In summer...

    01.01.09

  3. Green

    Eco-Hat

    The EcoHat is as typical of the Oxley Woods design as an old-fashioned chimney. The unit is easily accessible from inside the home, allowing for repairs and updates to technology without the need...

    01.01.09

  4. Green

    Straw House: Facts and Figures

    Environment: About 200 million tons of straw go to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by...

    01.01.09

  5. Green

    Around the Lighhouse

    1. Windcatcher The ventilation shafts of the windcatcher reach several feet above the roof to pull cooler outdoor air inside. 2. Photovoltaic array Solar panels extend down the sloped roof, ca...

    01.01.09

  6. Sit to Be Fit
    Green

    Sit to Be Fit

    If you ask Thomas Robertson, the difference between actively green houses and his passively sustainable Courtyard House is the difference between “a solar-powered yacht and a sailboat.

    01.01.09

  7. Green

    Trombe L'oeil

    For heating a space of such peculiar dimensions, Bonnifait and Giesen turned to a solar design principle called the Trombe wall—after Félix Trombe, the French engineer who popularized...

    01.01.09

  8. Green

    A Whole New Dynamic

    The wood for the 7.83 Hz house is grown and cut using biodynamic farming practices.

    01.01.09

  9. Green

    A Grand Entrance

    Expansive glass openings play an essential energy-saving role at the Minarc House, alternately pulling breezes and the sun’s warmth inside.

    01.01.09

  10. Green

    Stoops to Conquer

    Green design isn’t just about meeting quantifiable energy conservation standards or using the right kind of paint—it’s about placing a building in its environment appropriately.

    01.01.09

  11. Green

    Branding Sustainability

    If LivingHomes sound more like branded products than houses, perhaps that is intentional. “One thing I’m bringing from [the world of] tech is to treat homes as products more than as...

    01.01.09

  12. Green

    Svelte Veldte

    Given Langka’s directive that “the people who live around us have to see our roof and I don’t want them to see anything but grass,”

    01.01.09

  13. Natural Habitats
    Green

    Natural Habitats

    The experimental buildings on Shoal Lake are featured in the recently published Cabin, Cottage & Camp: New Designs on the Canadian Landscape, a thoughtful compendium of contemporary &ldquo...

    01.01.09

  14. Green

    Sunlight Express

    Americans expend as much energy on transportation as they do on powering their homes.

    01.01.09

  15. Little Feet
    Green

    Little Feet

    For his initial Aero House prototype, architect Tadashi Murai wanted something as sustainable as possible.

    01.01.09

  16. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert

    Growing up with parents who owned a restaurant inspired Rebecca Chapa to attend the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University at age 18. Like most college kids would, Chapa jumped at the...

    01.01.09

  17. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Clayton Hubbard

    Clayton Hubbard started painting houses as a summer job during high school. In his hometown of Syracuse, New York, he perfected his brush skills and honed his eye for color, learning patience with...

    01.01.09

  18. The Whole House Zone
    Design 101

    The Whole House Zone

    By conceptually dividing your home into zones, you can analyze each of its functions in turn. From there, you can develop strategies to understand how you actually live inside these zones—...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  19. The Food Zone

    The Food Zone

    Fine-tuning your cooking and dining areas pays off in more ways than just saving resources. As in other functional zones, their success starts with awareness: Where exactly does your food come from...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  20. The Living Zone

    The Living Zone

    Let’s talk design for a minute. It’s important to remember that potential modifications to your home must be carefully considered before you implement them. If you blindly follow the...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  21. The Bathroom Zone

    The Bathroom Zone

    Reducing your water usage is easy, and it doesn’t mean you have to brush your teeth with a pinecone or weep with remorse every time you flush the can. As is the case with all resource usage,...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  22. The Yard Zone

    The Yard Zone

    The space outside your walls should be as thoughtfully considered as the space within. Aside from contributing to pleasant, functioning outdoor space, well-placed landscaping can protect your house...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  23. The Human Zone

    The Human Zone

    The final home zone recognizes the importance of our behavior. Living responsibly extends beyond our physical spaces into our daily actions. We must design1 the way we live as carefully as we...

    01.01.09

  24. A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren

    Leonard Koren has led an enviably desultory life, first dropping out of college to paint murals with a group called the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad and then eventually “begging”&mdash...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    01.01.09

  25. A Note on Our Expert: Bruce Aidells
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Bruce Aidells

    Bruce Aidells starting cooking professionally while a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz. 

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.01.09

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