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Shaw Island Prefab Passive House kitchen.

Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
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Easy Urban Gardening with Bosske Planters

New Zealand–based Bosske derives its name from “bosky,” an old English word meaning “small forest.” Expanding on this concept, Bosske creates gardening products for small spaces, including indoor environments like apartments. Bosske’s line of products also includes self-watering reservoirs that enable them to practically care for themselves, making them ideal planters for busy professionals. Find the planters in the Dwell Store.
August 8, 2014
mazria

How Green Construction is Significantly Cutting Emissions

Edward Mazria of Architecture 2030 talks to Dwell about the success (and upcoming explosion) of green construction.
July 10, 2014
Prefab home on stilts with white staircase

9 Prefab Homes Set on Stilts

When tricky terrain poses construction problems, hoisting a prefabricated home up on stilts offers a practical, eco-friendly solution.
June 23, 2014
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7 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood

As dedicated modernists, we consider sustainability a baseline need, not an added bonus. One method is reusing existing materials in new way, so we've rounded up a few inspiring projects that incorporate salvaged wood.
June 18, 2014
Dogfish Head Brewery in Connecticut

10 Green Commercial Buildings

These environmentally-friendly office spaces prove it's about working smarter, not harder.
June 8, 2014
Sustainable home in Haiti by Archive Global architect Peter Williams

Green Design at Dwell on Design

Sustainability is no hindrance to great design. At Dwell on Design, happening June 20-22 in Los Angeles, trailblazing architects, designers, and thinkers from the U.S. and beyond will take to the stage to discuss their latest green buildings, products, and philosophies.
June 4, 2014
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Accessible Modern Prefab in Northern California

Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, 
an octogenarian modernist lives 
independently on a peaceful, 
verdant site in Northern California.
June 3, 2014
rural studio at twenty

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.
May 28, 2014
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