Solar-powered Cloverdale house is made of reclaimed wood from a 1970s kit home

June 23, 2017 by  
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This solar-powered home in Cloverdale, California was built using reclaimed wood from an existing 1970s kit log home. Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects utilized existing site elements to create the new 2150-square-foot house with minimal impact on the environment. The owners of the property commissioned the architects to design a sustainable home that’s easy to use and doesn’t disrupt its natural surroundings. Inspired by traditional screened porches , the architects designed a screened-in living space and included the porch in the body of the house as an entry to the guest bedrooms. This double role of the porch reduced the need for circulation and helped keep the footprint of the house to it minimum . Related: Kentfield Hillside Residence Rises Under a Green Roof North of San Francisco A solar array installed on the south-facing roof, along with solar hot water panels, provide enough power to meet most of the energy requirements of the house. PV-powered heat pumps provide radiant heating or cooling, depending on the weather conditions and seasonal needs. In order to reduce construction costs, the architects reused the wood of the original kit log house as decking, interior and exterior wood paneling. + Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects Via Dwell Photos by Matthew Millman

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Atelier Space turn a 1925 nursery into a daylit solar-powered residence in the Netherlands

May 26, 2017 by  
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Smart adaptive reuse can do wonders with old, abandoned and disused buildings. Dutch firm Atelier Space breathed new life into this 1925 nursery in Leiden, the Netherlands by converting it into a beautiful, daylit residence with amenities, technology and polish worthy of a modern urban home. The architects preserved much of the original 1925 nursery, turned the former gym into an airy, open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area. They also divided a large classroom into three separate bedrooms. Related: Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled London home The entire residence features 13-foot-high ceilings with restored skylights and windows that bring natural light into the interior. A guesthouse occupies the floor above the living room, and the toilet, technical area, and storage room are all placed on one side. The converted schoolhouse also includes sustainable design features such as rooftop solar panels , improved building insulation, and centrally controlled lighting, climate, shading and security systems that allow occupants to control every aspect the interior environment. To top it all off, a heat pump heats and cools the house. + Atelier Space Via Curbed Photos by Brigitte Kroone

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Former museum in Rotterdam is transformed into a luxury energy-saving villa

April 13, 2016 by  
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These two arboretum buildings were built using waste timber sourced and milled on-site

April 13, 2016 by  
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Green-roofed Villa K offers amazing valley views with a minimal environment footprint

November 16, 2015 by  
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Luzinterruptus fills 3,000 giant condoms with blue “rain” for Totally Thames

November 16, 2015 by  
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Germany’s remarkable House of Energy produces 2-3 times the energy it needs

November 5, 2015 by  
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Raw Architecture’s Scottish Highlands House has Perfect Views of Mountain Sunrises and Island Sunsets

March 17, 2014 by  
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Solar-Powered Dutch Pavilion Aims for Zero Energy

January 5, 2011 by  
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Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects have unveiled a novel student pavilion for the Netherlands’ Erasmus University that aims to go zero energy while creating a comfortable, light-filled hub for the campus. Spotted over at Designboom , the design for the Rotterdam-based university features a hybrid roof system that captures daylight and solar energy with an array of light-harvesting tubes. Passive cooling and state-of-the-art heating systems increase energy savings even further.

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