Passive House Design: Changing the Future of New Home Construction

October 31, 2019 by  
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Earth911 Quiz #77: Energy Efficiency Programs Challenge

October 31, 2019 by  
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Striking home in Greece uses bioclimatic features to be energy-efficient year-round

December 4, 2018 by  
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Tucked into a sloping hillside looking out over the Aegean Sea, the TRIF House designed by Sergey Fedotov boasts a gorgeous, contemporary design with massive floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking sea views. In addition to its striking aesthetic, the private residence also includes a number of passive features that insulate the home and reduce energy use throughout the year. Located in Porto Heli, Greece, the massive home, which spans over 3,800 square feet, sits on a naturally sloped landscape spotted with olive trees. To appreciate the gorgeous sea views, the front facade is a series of frameless, floor-to-ceiling windows that can slide open and shut at just the push of a button. The glazed exterior not only creates a seamless connection between indoors and out but also allows for natural sunlight to illuminate the interior. Related: A modern, energy-efficient home is built around a beloved madrone tree Alternatively, the home’s north facade was embedded into the natural slope of the hillside. Burying part of the house into the landscape was another passive feature that helps provide the structure with a strong thermal envelope. The main floor houses a kitchen, dining and living room, all of which open up to an expansive veranda with a swimming pool. The top floor, which is enclosed in a large white rectangular volume that cantilevers just slightly over the ground floor, is home to the master bedroom and two guest rooms, all of which enjoy stunning panoramic views. The interior boasts a minimalist design with custom-made furniture. Surrounding the home, the landscape was left in a natural state. Large olive trees and shrubs dot the sloping hillside, which has various walking paths that wind through the home’s beautiful surroundings. + Sergey Fedotov Via Archdaily Photography by Pygmalion Karatzas via Sergey Fedotov

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Stunning Costa Rican beach home uses passive features to stay cool

October 25, 2018 by  
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Located mere steps away from idyllic white sand beaches on one side and a coconut grove on the other, this beach house designed by Studio Saxe is giving us major home envy. Situated on Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline, the spacious 3,250-square-foot Villa Akoya’s beautiful aesthetic hides several passive strategies designed to reduce the home’s energy use and impact on the environment. The breathtaking location serves as the principal inspiration for the design. Built using traditional cinder block construction, the one-story home was was raised off the ground to create a continuous sight line with the ocean views. This feature also helped reduce the footprint on the landscape . Related: Triangular beachfront home is a dreamy retreat buried in the earth The beach house’s dimensions are divided into four separate horizontal roof planes that slant slightly upward, covering each of the three bedrooms plus the main living area. This strategy creates distinct volumes within the structure. Additionally, the flat wooden roofs extend out over the exterior walls to create large overhang extensions that shade the interior while creating several indoor-outdoor living spaces around the exterior. The interior layout includes several spaces that are open to the exterior, creating a seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors. All of the bedrooms have their own outdoor spaces, and an all-glass wall in the living room slides completely open, leading to a wooden deck and a swimming pool . Concealed within the design are several passive features to create an energy-efficient beach house. The “elevated” roof lines create a natural system of air ventilation, cooling the home in the hot summer months. The abundance of windows and glass doors brighten the interior during the day, further reducing the need for electricity. The home also operates on solar-generated hot water and has a gray water system. + Studio Saxe Via Archdaily Photography by Andres Garcia Lachner via Studio Saxe

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Sweden’s first round Passive House boasts an innovative solar-powered balcony

April 15, 2016 by  
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Turkey’s first certified Passive House saves over 90% in energy use

February 15, 2016 by  
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White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

December 29, 2014 by  
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8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

November 13, 2014 by  
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Boost Your Immune System This Winter with Homemade Gila Harvest Cider Tonic

November 13, 2014 by  
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In addition to chilly weather and the smell of wood smoke in the air, there’s another aspect of winter that can be counted on year after year: the inevitable cold that everyone seems to come down with. Fortunately, there are some great tonics that can boost your immune system so you can fight off colds and such more easily, and one such tonic is Gila Harvest Cider . Created by master herbalist and writer  Kiva Rose of Bear Medicine Herbals , this variation of Fire Cider is as delicious as it is good for you, and can give your body the boost it needs to fight off winter bugs. Read the rest of Boost Your Immune System This Winter with Homemade Gila Harvest Cider Tonic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anima lifeways , apple cider , apple cider vinegar , basil , cider , DIY , fire cider , Gila Cider , Gila Cider tonic , Gila tonic , ginger , immune booster , immune system , Kiva , Kiva Rose , Kiva Rose Hardin , medicine woman , medicine woman’s roots , plant healer magazine , raditions In Western Herbalism Conference , tonic , tulsi , turmeric

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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

February 17, 2014 by  
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