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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Amazing elevated museum lets you stroll through the treetops in British Columbia

June 23, 2017 by  
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This angular museum meanders through a forest in British Columbia . Canadian firm Patkau Architects designed the elevated building to house a private collector’s artwork and keep it safe from flooding. The museum’s linear succession of spaces creates a promenade that evokes the experience of strolling through the forest. An elevated walkway leads to the main entrance of the building, which is located beneath an angular form clad in pale wooden slats. While the exterior facade, clad in black metal panels , gives the building an artificial appearance, the wood-dominated interior connects it to its forested surroundings and introduces an element of warmth and familiarity. The configuration of the site informed the overall massing of the building. In order to protect the gallery from flooding , the building is elevated a full story above the ground. Related: Spectacular new shipping container museum nestles near China’s Great Wall Looking towards the forest, a glass walkway occupies an entire side of the building, while a large stairway at the center connects the museum to the green space below. These design decisions reflect the intent to focus all attention on nature and the artwork. + Patkau Architects Via Dezeen Photos by James Dow / Patkau Architects

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LEED Platinum Skyline Residence is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes

March 22, 2016 by  
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Couple turns a 40-foot-tall fire lookout into a spectacular off-grid home

November 4, 2015 by  
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Solar-powered floating home in Portugal generates a year’s worth of energy in just six months

October 20, 2015 by  
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Off-grid Fig Tree Residence is a modern solar-powered home in Australia

September 2, 2015 by  
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Gorgeous solar-powered and pedestrian-friendly housing development is coming to Turkey

August 10, 2015 by  
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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

July 21, 2015 by  
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Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House , the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use. Designed by Cardiff University’s Phil Jones and his team, the incredible three bedroom home hones enough energy from the sun to meet electrical needs of its residents and then some. Ready for the bad news? The house was revealed just in time for the British government to scrap plans that would have made all new homes similarly efficient by 2019. Read the rest of The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

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Charles Wrights’ self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

January 19, 2015 by  
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Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

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The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect  Robert Augustine , the  Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. It celebrates the potential of emerging photovoltaic and wind technologies and couples them with passive energy design strategies to create a “machine for living.” It is responsive to the external environment and adjusts the internal climate and conditions for optimum comfort, convenience and lifestyle. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! A giant solar roof umbrella supported by a steel frame and vertical steel trusses sits over the living space. A photovoltaic array and water circulating solar panels are integrated in this umbrella. The house is wrapped in a granular coated, recycled aluminum skin with high emissive qualities that reflects and releases the sun’s heat and keeps the skin surface and structure cool. A two-story greenhouse cavity wall, facing south, insulates and protects the living space from extreme temperature fluctuations. The greenhouse can also help humidify the air in this intensely dry climate. The solar pool, linked to collectors, serves as a heat pump. Brightly colored awnings adjust to shade the roof garden/ deck. A solar electric pumping station charges vehicles directly from an attached photovoltaic. The house is a prototypical design, which can be manufactured as a kit of parts that can be shipped and assembled on-site. + The Phoenix House

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