Archive for October, 2011

Mission Zero House – The First Net-Zero-Energy Home in Michigan

The now famous Mission Zero House started out as an old Victorian house from 1901, but in the hands of Matt Grocoff and his wife Kelly, it became a model net-zero-house, the first of its kind in Michigan. Just like many other home around the United States, the old house Matt and Kelly bought was […]

Idaho Green Cottage Proves Sustainable Living Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

In Idaho, a state with no building department and little local oversight of builders, Scott and Barbara Schriber have proven that with a little planning, construction technique and good material choice, any house can be sustainable without having to break the bank. When the recession and housing crisis of 2009 hit, Scott and Barbara, the owners […]

Sustainahouse Residents Prepare for Winter

The six MU students living in the Mizzou Sustainahouse we featured last month have begun preparing for their first winter in the 90-year house. the MU students have been living in the Sustainahouse since August, trying to lead a sustainable lifestyle, and thus inspire the rest of the community to do the same in their […]

The Most Sustainable House in South Korea

The Samsung Green Tomorrow house, designed by Samoo Architects, has become the first East-Asian to win the US Green Building Council’s prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum status. Located in South Korea’s Yangin city, Samsung’s Green Tomorrow eco-development includes a 423m2 zero-energy house and a 298m2 public relations pavilion, and is designed as a sustainability […]

Ikea to Build Eco-Houses in London, for 2012 Olympics

You probably know Ikea for its cheap furniture and Swedish meatballs, but the company is about to enter the British real estate business with an eco-housing development in Stratford beside the Olympic Park. The 1,200-home Strand East development, built around canals by Inter Ikea – the Swedish furniture giant’s investment arm – is designed to […]

Architect Proves Sustainable Houses Can Be Attractive and Comfortable

Owner-architect Philip A. Smith has managed to fit his sustainable house with lots of green technology, but at the same time give a human touch and making it easy on the eye. Although it’s still under construction, the modern home located in Hingham, Massachusetts, has already been featured on the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Building Open […]

GO Logic Builds First Certified Passive House in Maine

Architecture and construction firm GO Logic LLC has built the first certified passive house in Maine – a 1,500-square-foot functional model of the German Passive House Standard. The GO Home, built in Belfast, Maine, might look bright red but it’s a lot greener than most of the houses out there. The three-bedroom residence not only […]

Contractor Buys 125-Year-Old House to Prove He Can Make It Sustainable

John Plichta, a local contractor from Petoskey, Michigan, has recently bought a 125-year-old home to prove his point – that old houses can be more energy efficient. Old houses in Northern Michigan have a certain charm, but that’s not why John Plichta, a contractor of J.R. Construction bought a century-old home in Downtown Petoskey on Elizabeth […]

Award Winning Sustainable House in New South Wales Paves Way to the Future

Australian architect Ian Bailey, who believes an energy efficient and environmentally friendly house costs no more than a conventional home, has built an award-winning sustainable house in his home of Hannam Vale. Mr. Bailey designed this impressive abode for a couple who required space for themselves and a few occasional guests in a space that […]

Designer Makes Sustainable Furniture from Shipwrecks

South African designer Nic Kruger turns scavenged pieces of wood from old boats into unique furniture. Every item of Shipwreck Furniture is unique and tells its own story about adventure at sea. Nic Kruger has been in love with design all her life, but it wasn’t until she stumbled over the wreck of a ship called Kruene […]