This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool

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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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Striking yellow PVC-clad pavilion is a sustainable shelter designed for the end times

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The Goldtree House is designed for sustainable family living

When kids hit their teens, your house suddenly feels smaller. The atmosphere is hectic, groups of friends traipse in and out, and parents often retreat to a bedroom for peace and quiet. One clever family with teenage twins not only had their home remodeled to accommodate these changes, they even planned ahead to have a private apartment for themselves down the road.

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Geothermal-powered Forest House showcases sustainable features in Maryland

Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland, the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels, rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation.

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UN Environment and Yale present a sustainable tiny home in NYC

Un Environment and Yale University’s School of Architecture just unveiled an innovative tiny-house that explores the intersection of policy and eco-conscious design. The Ecological Living Module, located at the UN Plaza in New York City, is a sustainable dwelling that embodies many of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Developments, several of which are under review this month at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Like many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. As companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen.

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Vegan diets deliver more environmental benefits than sustainable dairy or meat

Want to make a change to lower your environmental impact? Go vegan. That’s what researchers discovered in what The Guardian described as the most comprehensive analysis thus far of farming’s impact on Earth. University of Oxford scientist Joseph Poole, who led the study, told The Guardian, “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use, and water use. It is far bigger than cutting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Henning Larsen Architects brings sustainable Scandinavian design to Minneapolis

Henning Larsen Architects and MSR Design have unveiled their competition-winning designs for Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building—a municipal building that will integrate the Scandinavian ethos with sustainable design. Located across from Minneapolis City Hall, the multi-purpose building is envisioned as the city’s new face of public service and will offer healthy workspaces for the City’s employees as well as more transparency for the citizens and business community of Minneapolis. Optimized… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This sustainable district in Sweden features carbon-positive towers

Stockholm-based Kjellander+Sjöberg Architects has won a competition for Nacka Port, a new urban district between Nacka and Stockholm. Envisioned as a sustainable destination, the urban block would consist of a rich mix of programmatic functions including residential, retail and public spaces accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In addition to new green space, the architects plan to insert “carbon positive” architecture constructed from renewable materials that promote a healthy microclimate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building