sustainable architecture

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Teen Builds Tiny Sustainable House in His Parents’ Backyard

At only 16 years old Austin Hay, from Sonoma County, California, is already building his own sustainable house, and at little over 130 square feet it fits right in his parents’backyard. Hay says he was inspired to build his own house by a school project for which he had to research something he was interested […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sentinel – An 80s House Renovated to Meet Today’s Green Standards

Most of the sustainable houses featured in the news nowadays are newly built, but The Sentinel, in West Seattle, is an 80s house that was given a thorough green make over by local renovation firm Green Canopy Homes. Building new houses where there weren’t none, or tearing down old ones to make room for greener […]

Organization Converts Old Homes into Modern Sustainable Houses

  Right now in America there are over one million homes slated for demolition, but creating even more debris apart from what we already produce doesn’t exactly scream eco-friendliness. Luckily, the guys at Builders of Hope have come up with an alternative – restore old houses, giving them a sustainable makeover. Builders of Hope, an […]

Superadobe – Building Sustainable Houses from Freely Available Materials

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, or Cal-Earth is a non-profit foundation that promotes the use of sustainable housing and construction materials available almost anywhere: earth, sandbags and barbed wire. Founded in 1986, by the late architect Nadel Khalili, Cal-Earth has a philosophy based on the equilibrium of natural elements (fire, water, earth […]

Minimumhouse – An Energy Efficient Vacation Home

If your looking to build a sustainable vacation house, you might one to check out this prototype German architects Scheidt Kasprusch built in the forests outside Berlin. Minimumhouse has a simple modular design, and was conceived as the “ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields […]