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A Net-Zero Home in Colorado Raises the Bar for Indoor/Outdoor Living
Atop the footprint of a 1940s ranch house, architect Renée del Gaudio designs a family residence that intimately connects to its site.
Jenna M. McKnight
This Artist Couple’s Off-Grid Dream Home Was a Decade in the Making
After escaping over the years to Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, a pair of painters tap Solares Architecture for a sustainable pine-clad cabin.
A New Eco-Friendly Home Emerges From a Tired Structure on Long Island’s Wetlands
Josh Manes Architecture imagines protruding and receding volumes to maximize solar energy and frame 360-degree views.
Plant Prefab Launches Its First Passive House LivingHomes with Net-Zero Capabilities
Plant Prefab raises the bar for green building with three Richard Pedranti Architect–designed dwellings that meet rigorous Passive House standards.
A Fire-Resistant Home on Tricky Terrain Taps Into the Power of Prefab
Packed with off-grid tech, the partially prefabricated Waterfall Residence soaks up stunning views of Carmel Valley.
Budget Breakdown: A Gable Cottage Clad in Cork Pops Up in New York for $381K
Ninety minutes outside New York City, a young couple’s first house riffs on agricultural vernacular with a green twist.
Top 10 Sustainable Homes of 2020
From a carbon-negative cabin to a prefab farmhouse, these resourceful designs captivated readers this year.
This Off-Grid Cabin on Finland’s Archipelago Is an Irresistible Call to Low-Impact Living
With a leave-no-trace design, the prefabricated Majamaja Cabin by Littow Architectes draws visitors to a new eco-retreat at the water’s edge.
A Net-Zero-Energy Barn on Long Island Is a Hub for Climate Researchers
In Sagaponack, a sustainable-building magnate’s live/work Climate Barn provides a model for green construction.
A Dreamy Home in Catalonia Celebrates the Mediterranean Way of Life
Spanish architecture studio Mesura draws inspiration from the landscape and local vernacular to craft a rural retreat for a large family.
Going Circular Is the New Green—Here’s How Home Goods Companies Are Closing the Loop
From IKEA to Emeco, a growing number of businesses are slashing waste by putting it straight back into production.
This Tiny 3D-Printed Cabin Makes a Big Statement About Sustainability
HANNAH utilizes salvaged materials, 3D printing, and robotic technology to create an otherworldly cabin in upstate New York.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect Couple Build a Net-Zero Home and Studio for $250 Per Square Foot
eMZed Architecture construct a sustainable, durable, high-performance residence and office in Portland, Oregon, for $950,000—an impressive feat given the challenges.
This Carbon-Negative Cabin Is the Sustainable Home of the Future
Perkins & Will designs a mountaintop Passive House that takes energy efficiency to the next level.
This Minimalist, Solar-Powered Home Is a True Desert Oasis
Designed to amplify connections with the desert, a low-lying courtyard house nestles into the landscape.
A Weird and Wonderful Cob Cottage in a Washington Co-Op Asks $500K
This whimsical home is set in a forested cohousing community with 23 acres of hiking trails and a neighborhood garden.
Like-Minded Neighbors Build an Energy-Independent Floating Community in Amsterdam
The innovative Schoonschip neighborhood features 30 architecturally designed homes that all produce their own energy and use sustainable materials.
An Inky Black Melbourne Home Draws Its Hue From the Ironbark Eucalyptus
Kirsten Johnstone Architecture creates a sustainable home that blends into the landscape with a palette of rammed earth, concrete, and timber.
This Off-Grid Glass Cabin in Canada Is a Stargazer’s Dream Come True
The Skyward Cabin in Prince Edward County, Ontario, offers up a remote locale for adventure-seekers.
An Off-Grid Prefab Home Slides Wide Open to the Australian Bush
The self-sufficient Courtyard House embraces the bush landscape in all directions.
Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype...
Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential.
An Australian Couple Downsize to a Tiny House and Discover an Idyllic Lifestyle
When a family in Queensland, Australia, suffered the loss of a loved one, a tiny home became their ticket to financial freedom.
This Clever, Affordable Homestead for a Retired Texas Couple Is Two Houses in One
An architect designs a cost-effective home for his parents that allows for multigenerational living and responds to the harsh Texan climate.
A Magical, Off-Grid Guesthouse Disappears Into the South African Bushveld
Inspired by ancient ruins, Frankie Pappas crafts a green-roofed, brick guesthouse that connects deeply with nature.
How to Build an Off-the-Grid Cabin
Suzanne Shelton’s life work is making sustainable lifestyles attractive and accessible.
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.
An Eco-Friendly Prefab Farmhouse Pops Up in New Zealand in Just 4 Days
A young family embraces New Zealand farm life with a sustainable prefab home.
IKEA’s Plant-Filled “Home of Tomorrow” Champions a Zero-Waste Future
The Swedish furniture giant takes on self-sufficient living with a futuristic show home in Szczecin, Poland.
This UK Farmhouse Is Made of Hemp Grown in the Surrounding Fields
A hemp farm’s fields flow from the hills to the walls of a new prefab home by Practice Architecture.