Net-zero home brings sustainable design to a walkable Iowa City neighborhood

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A 1960s home has been reborn into an eco-friendly abode with an impressive net-zero energy footprint. Designed by local architecture firm Neumann Monson, the Koser II is a single-family home that combines forward-thinking sustainable strategies within a contemporary envelope in a leafy and walkable Iowa City neighborhood. Powered by solar and geothermal energy, the home doesn’t sacrifice comfort or luxury in its pursuit of energy efficiency—it even includes a beautiful backyard pool.

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UNStudios sculptural Canaletto Tower is a neighborhood in the sky

UNStudio’s recently completed Canaletto Tower in London functions as a cluster of vertical communities. In designing the structure, the architects applied an approach typically used for smaller private houses and used materials that distinguish the tower from buildings in the nearby financial district of the City.

The massing and materials facilitate optimal shading, reduce heat gain and balance transparency with the need for privacy. Its sculptural façade introduces a level of variability… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building