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  1. Z for Two
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    Z for Two

    In Portland, Oregon, two adjoining six-story homes on a formerly run-down urban lot add to the neighborhood’s density and its green cred.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Shawn Records
    07.30.10

  2. Winds of Change
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    Winds of Change

    Caught in the grip of the worst drought in a century, Australians are showering together.

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Brett Boardman
    02.01.09

  3. Windproofing
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    Windproofing

    To keep the shade structure from taking flight during high winds, engineers had to make sure the supporting foundation was strong enough to withstand a 100-year windstorm.

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  4. Green

    Windcatchers Defind

    Windcatchers are controlled indoor weather systems, architectural microclimates framed by windows and walls.

    01.01.09

  5. Well Thawed Out
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    Well Thawed Out

    At the end of 2000, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Icelandic natives and partners in the Santa Monica–based design firm Minarc, bought what was essentially a teardown in the...

    written by: Kathryn Harris
    photos by: Raif Seeburger
    02.01.09

  6. Tunquen Treasure
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    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  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. Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials
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    Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials

    An artist crafts a sustainable tree house in the Puerto Rican tropics as an inventive take on the exhibition space.

    written by: Rob Colvin
    07.30.14

  9. Trading Shingles for Shrubs
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    Trading Shingles for Shrubs

    Dwell explores the extensive reasons why the grass is intensely greener when it's on the roof.

    written by: William Lamb
    04.21.09

  10. Totally Tubular
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    Totally Tubular

    On the roof, amidst an array of native wild grasses and shrubs, six banks holding 180 small thermal solar 
collection tubes provide hot water year-round. This new technology, made by Apricus Solar...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    01.02.09

  11. The Most Impressive Green Homes in Chicago
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    The Most Impressive Green Homes in Chicago

    Now in its second year, the GreenBuilt Home tour showed the curious a cross-section of Chicago’s new sustainable and eco-friendly homes. The open dialogue about cost and comparable energy bills ...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    07.30.14

  12. Green

    The Mighty Ducts

    Houston’s summers are almost unbearable, as anyone who’s ever experienced its humidity and relentless sun can attest.

    01.01.09

  13. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
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    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    05.04.09

  14. The Green Lagoon
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    The Green Lagoon

    From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    01.21.09

  15. The Future of Gardening: Drought-Resistant Plants
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    The Future of Gardening: Drought-Resistant Plants

    Out of necessity, water-wise native plantings are an integral part of landscape design. We consult experts on how to acclimatize on a local and a global scale.

    written by: Erika Heet
    07.18.14

  16. The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah
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    The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah

    In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two California natives tuck Utah’s first LEED for Homes–rated house onto the side of Emigration Canyon.  

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    07.01.10

  17. The Country's Best Yurt
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    The Country's Best Yurt

    Lakes of ink have been spilled over a peculiarly American wanderlust, whether it’s our ancestors’ push westward or our current penchant for cross-country moves at the drop of a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.01.09

  18. Green

    Tempting Timber

    Building with timber is an Australian tradition. Architect Jesse Judd honored this heritage, but selected recycled or plantation timbers instead of nonrenewable hardwoods from old-growth forests....

    01.01.09

  19. Taking His Own Advice
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    Taking His Own Advice

    When Greg Reitz was ten years old, he was already so worried about the state of the planet that, without prompting from his parents, he spent his allowance to join Greenpeace.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Robert Gregory
    02.01.09

  20. Tait Modern
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    Tait Modern

    When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    04.30.09

  21. Sweet Nothing
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    Sweet Nothing

    We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.08.09

  22. 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

  23. Sustainable, Rural Design by Auburn's Rural Studio
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    Sustainable, Rural Design by Auburn's Rural Studio

    A director and professor at Auburn’s acclaimed architectural lab talk about the next 20 years of sustainable, rural design.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.28.14

  24. Sustainable Single-Family Homes in Cambodia
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    Sustainable Single-Family Homes in Cambodia

    Three sustainably designed dwellings in Phnom Penh show how far two grand can go.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    05.13.14

  25. Sustainable Retirement Home in Tune with California Landscape
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    Sustainable Retirement Home in Tune with California Landscape

    A couple’s retirement home on a nature preserve in Carmel, California, emerges as a series of eco-conscious pavilions that rest lightly on the land.

    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    03.05.14

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