Solar-powered Technova College nearly hits net-zero energy in the Netherlands

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Designed by Delft-based cepezed and cepezedinterior, the Technova College in Ede has recently opened its doors as the newest branch of the Regional Education Center ROC A12 with a strong focus on sustainability. Powered by energy from a biomass plant and on-site solar panels, the near-energy neutral building largely owes its eco-friendly design to an executive consortium (Team Technova) responsible for overseeing maintenance and the energy supply. The school’s highly transparent design fills the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This net-zero home is inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscapes

In sunny Santa Monica, local studio Minarc has unveiled one of their latest projects built from mnmMOD panels, their award-winning and patented prefabricated building system that yields net-zero energy efficiency. Dubbed the Dawnsknoll project, the 2,500-square-foot dwelling champions sustainability beyond just building materials. Positioned for optimal passive solar conditions, the single-family home also boasts repurposed and recycled materials throughout, high-performance energy systems and a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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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Net-zero Sawmill House is 100% self sufficient in California’s high desert

Building a comfortable self-sufficient dwelling is no easy task, especially when in a harsh climate. But when Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig was tapped to design an off-grid home in the high desert in California, the architects rose to the challenge and delivered an elegant, award-winning dwelling known as the Sawmill House. Located in Tehachapi, California, the Sawmill serves as a family retreat that weathers the harsh climate with durable materials and sustainable strategies.

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Elegant net-zero home wraps around a large pond in Connecticut

Cutler Anderson Architects has completed a modern woodland home that fully embraces the outdoors. Built to wrap around a large lake, the Connecticut Residence takes design inspiration from its surroundings with a subdued palette mainly comprising natural materials. As an “emotionally sustainable” home, the dwelling not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for its homeowners, but also generates all the energy it consumes through renewable sources.

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A striking sawtooth roof tops this net-zero lake house in Canada

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Dwell Development’s net-zero home in Seattle is packed with sustainable goodness

This 5-Star Built Green luxury home in Mount Baker features several sustainable elements, including a solar-ready roof, that make it net zero ready. The house, designed by JT Architecture for Dwell Development– Seattle’s award-winning leader in sustainable home building– is perched on a peaceful hilltop in one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood and offers expansive views of the city.

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Oregon couple spends years building their net-zero ‘extreme green dream home’

Desert Rain features three renewable energy systems: a solar PV array; a solar thermal drainback system for heating domestic water and powering the hydronic floor system in the Main Residence; and solar “hot air” system, which aids in evaporating liquid from the composting system.

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New net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltec generates all its own energy

North Carolina’s Deltec has made a name for themselves with several popular lines of prefabricated abodes, like their ultra-affordable net-zero homes and round hurricane-resistant homes. This year the company is releasing a brand new model that is sure to please anyone looking for a ready-made, green home: the Solar Farmhouse. Designed to be the perfect blend of traditional and modern, this home embodies every aspect of the quintessential farmhouse, with the added appeal of passive solar design,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building