Sustainable Projects

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Karuna House Plans to Test LEED, Passivhaus and Minergie-ECO Certification Compatibility

Oregon-based developer Hammer & Hand is currently working on the Karuna House, a project which aims to get certified for three of the most important “green” standards – LEED, Passivhaus and Minergie-P-ECO. Currently under construction in yamhill County, on a perch overlooking Willamette Valley,the Karuna House plans to “study to shed light on the ways […]

Earth Advantage Certified Project Is More Than Just an Accessory Dwelling Unit

Accessory dwelling units have always been pretty sustainable – they’re small, located in friendly neighborhoods, generally in walking distance of parks, schools, shops and means of transit – but if you also make them “green’, then you have really created something special. ADUs, also known as Backyard Cottages or Granny Flats, are secondary living units […]

Homeowner Turns 1910 Farmhouse into the First Passive House in Idaho

Vic Webber, a former Navy pilot turned passive house design consultant, is working hard to turn his family’s 1910 farmhouse into the first passive house in the state of Idaho. From the outside, Vic Webber’s house in Fairfield, Idaho looks like any other farmhouse in the area, but on the inside it’s undergoing a serious […]

Electronics Company Builds High-Tech Zero Energy Home

SoundVision, an electronics systems company in Marin County, California has invested in a groundbreaking housing project dubbed “The Zero Energy Home“. With the support of other green-oriented businesses like Mahoney Architects, Anna Kondolf Lighting Design and sunfirst! Solar, SoundVision made sure the components of their sustainable house included renewable energy technology, energy conservation materials and systems, […]

Art and Sustainability Help Solve Foreclosure Problem in Detroit

Foreclosed and Abandoned houses are a real problem in Detroit but Power House Productions has proved that turning to art and the principles of sustainability can prove a viable solution. Like many other houses in Motor City, following a foreclosure, the home that was to become project Power House had become a center of drug […]

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 […]

zHome – America’s First Zero-Energy, Market-Rate Multifamily Housing Project

zHome is a residential complex featuring 10 affordable,carbon neutral housing units that are net-zero-energy (they produce as much power as they consume). Although this daring sustainable housing project was launched at the worst possible time (in 2008, on the same day the Dow Jones plummeted signaling the beginning of the economic crisis, zHome proved to be […]

A-B Tech Students Build Tiny LEED-Certified Green Home

A group of students from the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College have built the first house in America that meets the requirements of North Carolina Healthy Built, Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “When we ask ourselves ‘where would Henry David Thoreau live in the 21st century?’ this home is the place,” […]