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This passive house in the Czech Republic uses technology to recycle heat

A unique location and environmentally-friendly passive house design are what define this lovely home on the Czech Republic/German border. 750 meters above sea level and in the middle of a ridge within the Ore Mountains, it almost looks like a modern farmhouse from the outside. On the inside, however, you’ll find a sleek, clean design with light colors, glass and wood. The rustic home was built by Stempel & Tesar Architects and is a certified passive house. A passive house technique dramaticall...
Tags: Energy, Garden, Design, Technology, Environment, Green, Architecture, Czech Republic, Innovation, Heat, Green Building, Reuse, Passive House, Wood, Eco-friendly, Green Design


8 ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly

An outdated bathroom isn’t just an eyesore; it can also be quite harmful to the environment, because old toilets and faucets waste a ton of water, most of the building materials aren’t sustainable and many water heaters use way more energy than needed. In recent years, there have been significant changes in the world of bathrooms, with many eco-friendly fixtures, decor and accessories hitting the market. If it is time for a bathroom remodel in your home, take the opportunity to go green with so...
Tags: Design, Organic Cotton, Features, Green Building, Epa, Bright Ideas, Environmental Protection Agency, Bamboo, Teak, U S Energy Information Administration, Energy Efficient, Kaldewei, Recycled Tile, Low-flow Water Fixtures, Eco-friendly Bathroom, Organic Towels


Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while th...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Rammed Earth, Bush, Margaret River, Farm House, Energy Efficient


Two energy-efficient cork homes are elevated off the landscape in northern Spain

Barcelona-based firm López-Rivera Arquitectos has unveiled two beautiful homes tucked into a dense forest in northern Spain. The natural forest, which is comprised of cork and pine trees, inspired the architects to clad both homes in a gorgeous cork facade. The sustainable material helped create an energy-efficient and resilient design that is also raised off the ground to reduce the impact on the landscape. Located in Platfrugell, Catalonia, the two cork houses are located on a rugged landsc...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Home Design, Energy Efficient, Cork Facade, Cork Panels, Cork Forests, López Rivera Arquitectos, Cork Homes, Platfrugell Catalonia


7 of the biggest eco-friendly and green living myths

When you decide to go green and adopt a sustainable lifestyle, you might think that some of the biggest steps you can take in the right direction are doing things like buying a hybrid car, dropping meat from your diet or using eco-friendly products. But over the years, we have been inundated with “green” messages that are easily taken for granted, and some of them are filled with misinformation. So to help you go green the right way, here is a list of seven of the biggest sustainable living myt...
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Design, Environment, Features, Green, Plastic, LED lighting, Vegetarian, Green Appliances, Ev, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sustainable Living, Energy Efficient, Eco-friendly Myths, Green Living Myths, Joenomias Silviarita Frank Habel Pexels Jasmine


How to Make Your Home as Energy Efficient as Possible

If the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a jolting wake-up call, you may be wondering what else you can do to slow climate change. You’ve voted for people you knew would care about climate change, divested from companies that are making the situation worse, and replaced all your…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Climate Change, Home Improvement, Lifehacks, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Energy Efficient


Climate-responsive H House celebrates the heritage of Kosovo

Recycled materials, energy-saving systems and references to Kosovan culture have been woven throughout the H House, a handsome and contemporary residence in Čaglavica, a village near the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Designed by 4M Group, the home serves as a beacon of optimism and energy-efficiency for the self-declared independent state, which has been defined by a long and troubled history. Sustainability is paramount to the dwelling and is expressed through the adoption of passive deign princ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Energy Efficiency, Kosovo, Recycled Materials, Tirana, Triple Glazed Windows, Passive Solar Principles, Locally Sourced Materials, Pristina, MVRDV, Louvers, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating


Danish home champions wood over concrete for lower carbon emissions

Danish architecture firm Tegnestuen LOKAL recently completed TK-33, a modern and energy-efficient home that promotes building materials considered more sustainable than those typically used in Danish residential construction. To reduce the carbon footprint of the project, the architects designed the home with a timber structure rather than the more commonly used load-bearing concrete walls. Triple-glazed windows and a flexible floor plan also add to the home’s environmentally friendly cachet. ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Carbon Emissions, Denmark, Copenhagen, Brick, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Energy Efficient, Wood Frame, Timber Frame, Danish Architecture, Triple Glazing


Year Round Maintenance Tips for an Energy Efficient Central AC System

How do you keep cool in the summer? For most families, the air conditioner is just about the only thing that keeps hot, humid summers bearable. It’s great to have a pool or a lake-side cottage you can retreat to, but the AC unit is essential. Performing year-round air conditioner maintenance makes sure that your AC unit is up and running when that first heat wave sweeps through. The last you want is to be caught off guard without a working central ac system while you and your family swe...
Tags: Fashion, Home Maintenance, Ac, Homesteading, Home Life, Energy Efficient, Ac Unit, House Maintenance, AC system, central AC system


Striking home in Greece uses bioclimatic features to be energy-efficient year-round

Tucked into a sloping hillside looking out over the Aegean Sea, the TRIF House designed by Sergey Fedotov boasts a gorgeous, contemporary design with massive floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking sea views. In addition to its striking aesthetic, the private residence also includes a number of passive features that insulate the home and reduce energy use throughout the year. Located in Porto Heli, Greece, the massive home, which spans over 3,800 square feet, sits on a naturally s...
Tags: Design, Greece, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Design, Aegean Sea, Passive, Greek architecture, Energy Efficient, Passive Home, Bioclimatic Design, Hillside Homes, Sergey Fedotov, TRIF House


Gorgeous, energy-efficient retreat rests among Utah's mountains

Danish interior designer Mette Axboe spent months searching for the perfect U.S. location for a family retreat, but the hunt came to an abrupt end once she set sights on an expansive lot of 10 pristine acres overlooking Utah’s picturesque Park City. The mountain range in the background inspired the stunning design, which was conceived as a “looking box” to enjoy the scenery from any point in the home. Axboe worked with architect Chris Price and his firm Park City Design + Build to develop the ...
Tags: Utah, Mountains, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Passive Haus, Park City, Interior Design, Chris, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Retreat, Chris Price, Renan Ozturk, Cedar Homes


This bold, sustainable home will age gracefully near an Indiana wetland

Compact, energy-efficient and built with locally sourced materials, this hillside home takes a low-impact approach to its wetland surroundings in the city of Valparaiso in northern Indiana. Local design firm Bamesberger Architecture completed the home for a client who wanted a relatively small dwelling overlooking a pristine 400,000-square-foot wetland site. Named The Box after its boxy appearance, the home boasts low-energy needs and does not rely on air conditioning, even in the summer Compl...
Tags: Design, Indiana, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Insulation, Wetlands, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Valparaiso, Locally Sourced Materials, Loft, Open-plan, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating, Birch-Plywood


Sculptural Haus B uses passive solar principles to surpass Germanys energy standards

Completed over the span of four years, Haus B is a passive solar home that is a contemporary departure from the housing norm of the 1960s suburban neighborhood in which it resides. Located in Dreieich, Germany, the 320-square-meter house was designed by Düsseldorf-based design studio One Fine Day (Office for Architectural Design) in collaboration with Ulrike Thies, who acted as the construction supervisor. Most impressively, the single-family residence was designed and built to surpass the requ...
Tags: Design, Germany, Architecture, Dusseldorf, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Passive Solar, Carousel Showcase, Contemporary Architecture, Double-glazed Windows, Energy Efficient, One Fine Day, Double-height Spaces, Passive Solar Energy, Haus B


Abandoned house gets a gorgeous, energy-efficient refresh

Few homes undergo the trials and tribulations of Boston Villa – and fewer still receive a gorgeous renovation that also wins an architectural prize. But in the Fitzroy neighborhood of Melbourne, Australia, that’s exactly what happened. For years, Boston Villa stood abandoned, serving as a shelter for indigent wanderers. Even after Nest Architects‘ clients Dean and Lisa saw promise in the property, someone set it on fire halfway into the preliminary stages of the rebuilding process. The couple r...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Sustainable, Home Renovation, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Green Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Daylighting, Melbourne Australia, Lisa


Natural light floods this energy-efficient Dublin home from all sides

London and Dublin-based design practice Anthro Architecture recently completed Villa 9010, a light-filled dwelling that takes cues from the region’s breezy seaside vernacular. Located in Dakley, South County Dublin, the energy-efficient Villa 9010 was completed for a young family in the side garden of the client’s redbrick childhood home. Triple-glazed windows combined with underfloor heating, highly efficient insulation, an air-to-air heat pump and mechanical heat recovery ventilation ensure a...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Dublin, Carousel Showcase, Triple Glazed Windows, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating, Indoor Outdoor Living, Triple Glazing, south County Dublin, Air To Air Heat Pump, Villa 9010, Anthro Architecture, Dakley


Charred timber cladding and a green roof connect this Victorian-era home to nature

To embrace indoor/outdoor living, this Victoria-era house in London is outfitted with a handsome new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding. Designed by Neil Dusheiko Architects, the Black Ridge House provides a modern contrast to the original home’s Victorian brickwork. Inspired by biophilic design principles, the new-build was constructed with several energy-saving features — such as a green roof and underfloor heating — and sustainably sourced timbers to connect the home to nature. In...
Tags: Extension, Design, London, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Victoria, Warner, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Sustainable Materials, Timber Cladding, Open-plan, Kebony, Energy Efficient


At ICFF 2018: Voronoi by Tala

British lighting brand Tala, known for making LED bulbs with LED filament structures, introduced Voronoi at this year’s ICFF. The Voronoi Collection was inspired by “the unique geometric Voronoi patterns seen amongst forest canopy arrangements.” The perfectly misshapen blown-glass form of Voronoi elevates the object from a bulb to a design in its own right. Tala’s goal was to create “the world’s largest sculptural bulb”—and this process yielded Voronoi I, Voronoi II, and finally Voronoi III. A...
Tags: Books, UK, US, Earth, Lighting, ICFF, Tala, Energy Efficient, Voronoi, Tree Canopy, LED bulb, ICFF 2018, British design, blown glass LED bulb, LED filament bulb, Reforestation Program


The Science Place becomes Australias first new LEED Gold-rated educational building

James Cook University’s The Science Place recently earned the distinction of becoming Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size. The ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Queensland, Brisbane, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Townsville, Leed Gold, James Cook University, Atrium, LEED, Energy Efficient


The Science Place is Australias first new LEED Gold educational building

The Science Place at James Cook University recently became Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size. The nearly 130,000-square-foot ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Queensland, Brisbane, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Townsville, Leed Gold, James Cook University, Atrium, LEED, Energy Efficient


Vincent Callebaut's Arboricole tower brings vertical agriculture to the city

Vincent Callebaut Architectures, known for green projects that combine smart building with advanced renewable energy solutions, has officially unveiled Arboricole – a new “biophilic” building that brings agriculture to the urban landscape. Residents of the building can grow food on their own terraces thanks to permaculture, with the building’s curved, sinuous design acting to reduce turbulence and maximize comfort in these elevated gardens. Arboricole aims to answer a vital question: how can ...
Tags: Design, France, Singapore, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Agriculture, Agriculture, Green Building, Green Architecture, Noise Pollution, Vertical Garden, Vincent Callebaut, Loire, Energy Efficient, Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Biophilic


Curvaceous geothermal-powered home floats on a French lake

Lyon-based architecture studio AUM convinced their clients to build their home on a lake rather than in the middle of the forest as originally planned—and the results are nothing short of stunning. Set on a 40-acre forested property, the White Snake House appears to float on the landscape with its minimalist appearance of wraparound glazing sandwiched between two slabs of white concrete. To minimize the home’s energy footprint, the building is powered by solar and geothermal energy combined wit...
Tags: Design, France, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Lyon, Geothermal Energy, Lake, Carousel Showcase, Lake House, AUM, Energy Efficient, Low Energy Architecture, Low-energy, White Snake House, France White


Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Omar Gandhi Architect completed a handsome luxury home in Halifax that’s both modern in appearance and in its use of energy-efficient technologies. Located in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Syncline House is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired the home’s name. Energy efficiency was a major feature of the new-build, from the ample natural lighting and triple-glazed windows to the use of geothermal and solar energy. Set atop a concrete bas...
Tags: Design, Home Automation, Architecture, Gallery, Automation, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Solar Panel, Carousel Showcase, Natural Lighting, Halifax Nova Scotia, Atrium, Open-plan, Geothermal, Energy Efficient, White Fiber Cement


Via’s Mod Astro Lounger is Surprisingly Sustainable

Creating a comfortable sitting experience is a sustainable or “green” act all on its own, since a healthy person is a productive person, but Via’s Green initiative goes way beyond that. The Astro Lounger, for instance, not only offers unique ergonomic features, but also conforms with Via’s comprehensive Design for Environment (DfE) framework: this is a long view of product lifecycle, assessing renewable, recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable content, while also practicing energy efficient pro...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Water, Carbon, Green, Astro, Efficient Energy, Energy Efficient, Maharam, Recycled & Reclaimed, Recycled Content, Via Seating, Astro Lounge Chair, Modern lounge chair, Renewable Content, Sustainable Seating


Beautiful Northcote Solar Home shows off modern energy-efficient family living

Sustainable design principles are embedded throughout the Northcote Solar Home, a beautiful Melbourne home that shows how energy efficiency can go hand-in-hand with contemporary design. Local architecture studio Green Sheep Collective designed the light-filled home for a family who wanted flexible spaces and an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. The sustainable, passive solar home is strategically positioned for thermal mass, while elements like double-glazing and rainwater harvesting reduce its...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Melbourne, Double Glazing, Carousel Showcase, Rainwater Harvesting, Sliding Doors, Clerestory Windows, Energy Efficient, Stack Effect, Indoor Outdoor Living, Stack Ventilation, Zincalume, Northcote Solar Home


Solar-powered skyscraper with worlds tallest ceramic facade unveiled for Dubai

UNStudio and Werner Sobek have unveiled plans for a new Dubai skyscraper guaranteed to turn heads with its twisted form and a ceramic-tile façade said to be the world’s tallest. Sculptural and functional, the beautiful Wasl Tower will cut down on energy costs with its use of solar panels and optimization of natural light. Hotel group Mandarin Oriental will operate the mixed-use skyscraper that will comprise a 250-room five-star hotel along with offices, residences, and public spaces. Located ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Dubai, Green Building, Solar Power, Skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, Carousel Showcase, Ceramic, Natural Light, Mixed-use, Ben Van Berkel, UNStudio, Sheikh Zayed Road, Energy Efficient


Budapests tallest tower to follow the highest standards of sustainability

Foster + Partners designed a tower for Budapest that will not only be the city’s tallest—it’ll also be a beacon for sustainability. Designed as the new headquarters for the oil and gas company MOL Group, the mixed-use building named MOL Campus is wrapped in glazing to maximize natural daylight, views, and connection with the outdoors and urban fabric. MOL Campus will be powered by low and zero-carbon energy sources, such as photovoltaics, and saves on energy costs with cutting-edge technology th...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Budapest, Hungary, Gallery, Green Building, Photovoltaics, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Mixed-use, Foster + Partners, Sustainable Architecture, Zero Carbon, Energy Efficient, Podium, MOL Group


Geothermal-powered Lake Austin Home is tuned in to nature

Local studio A Parallel Architecture designed the award-winning Lake Austin Residence, a beautiful luxury home that derives inspiration from nature. Despite its large 6,750-square-foot size and horizontal footprint, the contemporary house achieves a sense of lightness thanks to ample full-height glazing and limestone massing. The energy-efficient dwelling offers geothermal climate control, as well as onsite waste treatment and water collection. Spread out across two stories, the Lake Austin R...
Tags: Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Contemporary Architecture, Limestone, Lake Austin, Geothermal, Energy Efficient, Full-height Glazing, White Stucco, Lakeside Architecture, A Parallel Architecture


A Pod for Every Taste, Any Budget

UK-based Pod Space makes it easy to add living space to your home. The company provides work, garden, and eco-pods, as well as bespoke residential living spaces. A modular concept, Pod Space constructs these movable live/work spaces off-site while simultaneously prepping the foundation on your lot or backyard space. When ready, the pods can be craned directly in place (access permitting) or constructed on-site utilizing pre-fabricated panels, a process that typically takes two to three weeks....
Tags: Books, UK, Water, Carbon, Green, Pod, Green Home, Green House, Eco Space, Efficient Energy, Solar Shading, Energy Efficient, Backyard Space, Modular House, Pod Space, Eco-pod


Solar Solutions from BMD Design Studios and Tesla

Tesla and Tehran-based BMD Design Studios have collaborated to create a solar solution for residential living. The Alavi House in Isfahan, Iran synthesizes site location, placement of vegetation, materials use, and Tesla’s solar roof concept to create an energy and eco-wise home that’s a model of sustainability. The home is sited to take advantage of prevailing winds: air is purified by passing over evergreen trees and an indoor garden of snake plants before entering the structure via control...
Tags: Books, Water, Carbon, Tesla, Green, Tehran, South, Isfahan Iran, Efficient Energy, Energy Efficient, Sustainable Home, Solar Roof, Solar Tiles, Alavi House, BMD Design Studios, Eco-wise Home


UK man builds highly sustainable Passivhaus-standard home for his elderly parents

A UK man has built his parents the ultimate gift: a highly sustainable home where they can comfortably live out their lives in one of their favorite places on Earth—and it’s also a house that’s won numerous awards to boot. The loving son is Richard Pender, who began the self-built project, called Shawm, as a master’s student studying renewable energy at Newcastle University. Richard worked in collaboration with Dan Kerr of MawsonKerr Architects to create a beautiful airtight home in rural North...
Tags: UK, Design, Colorado, Earth, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Passive Solar, Richard, Northumberland, Newcastle University, Carousel Showcase, Passivhaus, Rainwater Collection, Tony, Locally Sourced Materials