Net-zero Acacia Avenue House saves up to 90% of heating and cooling costs

March 2, 2017 by  
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This energy-efficient home in Oakland Hills features a patented steel construction technology inspired by the aerospace industry. The house, designed by BONE Structure , features state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and materials which make it not only highly ecological, but also built to last. The house has a soy-based polyurethane thermal envelope that provides optimal insulation. This technology patented by BONE Structure allows homeowners to save up to 90% of their heating and cooling energy costs . All BONE Structure homes are open-concept living spaces without load-bearing walls and have large windows that let in ample amounts of natural light . Related: Low-impact Cape Cod house is designed to provide all its energy on-site The house that is currently for sale features bay and canyon views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bright open interior. It boasts five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a living room, home office, gourmet kitchen and a two car garage with interior access. + BONE Structure

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Solar-powered Swedish homes produce at least as much energy as they consume

August 5, 2016 by  
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Power to the People’s seven solar-powered row houses are set on the end of two dead-end streets that run east to west. The architects connected the two streets with a gravel road, a move that they describe as “the most important decision” they made since it increased walkability to and visibility of the adjoining neighborhood streets and forest trailheads. Passive solar principles and a desire to maximize views of the park to the west informed the row homes’ gabled form. Related: Blu Homes launches 16 new prefab home designs, including new tiny homes Each home is equipped with 20 solar panels —the maximum number of solar panels allowed by the municipality—installed on the south-facing roofs. The minimalist and modern interior matches the facade and is injected with a bit of “elegant industrialism.” Power to the People’s prefab units successfully sold out within two weeks of being put on the market in 2015. + Street Monkey Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Street Monkey Architects , © Mattias Hamrén Photography

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Net-zero Arc House shows how arches make tiny spaces feel bigger

July 22, 2016 by  
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The Arc House comes in different sizes-from 400 to 500 square feet-and targets the next generation of home buyers who place great value on flexibility and affordability. It complies with California’s factory modular codes and features all the amenities of standard-sized homes. Self-sufficient and compact, the house integrates several sustainable design elements into a single package. Related: Tiny House Nation’s Zack Giffin will teach veterans to build their own homes An off-grid, solar-powered home with superior insulation and energy storage capability, the Arc House comes with a fully-functional kitchen and a bedroom with a walk-in closet. “With The Arc House, we’re demonstrating more efficient ways to build, but we’re also demonstrating that there is a market for smaller, sustainable and more functional housing,” said Jim Gregory, founder of Shelter Dynamics. They certainly have our attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JViso1CbPQk + Green Builder Media + Shelter Dynamics + Kitcheneering + Align3D Photos via Shelter Dynamics

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Acre Design’s automated Axiom House is an affordable zero-energy prototype home

October 12, 2015 by  
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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

June 26, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arielle Condoret Schechter , Arielle Condoret Schechter Happy Meadows , Daylighting , green architecture , green design , green homes , Happy Meadows Courtyard , net zero construction , net zero homes , net-zero house , rainwater catchment , rainwater collection , reader submission , solar home

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Andrea Ponsi’s Sprawling House on the Bay is Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

May 23, 2013 by  
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Moooi’s Raimond Chandelier Bursts with Dozens of Tiny LED Lights

May 23, 2013 by  
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Moooi showcased a stunning collection of chandeliers that look like bursting fireworks at this year’s ICFF . Called Raimond , the low-energy light is loaded with LEDs, and its spherical form calls to mind constellations and fluffy dandelions. Each orb-shaped lamp is made from a thin metal framework that carries low voltage current to the bulbs, eliminating the need for wires. Read the rest of Moooi’s Raimond Chandelier Bursts with Dozens of Tiny LED Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , energy efficient lighting , fireworks chandelier , green design , ICFF , LED Chandelier , Moooi , sustainable design        

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Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment

May 23, 2013 by  
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Greek yogurt is delicious, high in protein, and a good alternative to sugary snacks. However the $2 billion dollar a year industry has a dark side that comes in the form of toxic acid whey. It takes three to four ounces of milk to create yogurt and the rest becomes a runny, hazardous byproduct that cannot be released back into the environment. As it decomposes, acid whey depletes oxygen from streams and rivers, killing wildlife and creating “ dead zones ” over large areas. Read the rest of Byproducts from Greek Yogurt Prove Toxic to the Environment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acid whey , biogas , byproduct , chobani , dead zone , fertilizer , greek yogurt , lactose , New York. , toxic , Waste        

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Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance

September 16, 2011 by  
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Team Purdue’s entry in the 2011 Solar decathlon is decidedly Midwestern in its approach – it’s a traditional-looking home that won’t necessarily stick out in a crowd – however it’s efficient enough to actually feed local utilities rather than relying on them. The INhome is designed with cost in mind, utilizing off-the-shelf materials and equipment to achieve a low energy footprint that is easily fulfilled by the generous solar electric array on the roof. While the sedated design is aiming at making sustainable building available for the mainstream market, the team did incorporate some unique features — most notably an interior green wall – or biowall – to filter the air. Read the rest of Team Purdue’s Solar Decathlon House Blends Traditional Architecture With Net Zero Performance Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Green Building , Indiana green building , Indiana zero energy house , INhome , LEED platinum , net-zero house , Purdue solar , Purdue solar Decathlon house , Purdue University zero energy home , US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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San Francisco’s Solar “Mission: House” is a High-Tech Marvel

September 15, 2010 by  
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