The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

The Wabi House Just Might Make You Smarter

Located in Carlsbad, California, the Wabi House is a thoughtful build centered around nature and purpose. Sebastian Mariscal Studio headed the project, which was a renovation that updated the former ranch style home. The exterior is mostly concrete and charred cedar, a Shou Sugi Ban technique which provides durability and minimal upkeep. Nestled behind a forest-like canopy, the landscape features no maintenance plant selections and the rooftop deck and garden offers a view from above. The home has gorgeous Japanese style entryways and windows that provide openness and optimal cross ventilation. Wall length glass doors that are positioned across the living quarters… read more

What Is The Living Building Challenge?

What Is The Living Building Challenge?

Projects that are able to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards are considered exemplary models of green construction and have received the highest level of environmental attention. Started by Jason F. McLennan, Bob Berkebile and the Cascadia Green Building Council the LBC is a program that encourages construction focused on sustainable energies, water and materials. Requirements are made up of different performance categories, or Petals, which are sectioned into Imperatives. These include: Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Additionally, projects have to recognize their Living Transect, which concentrates on the actual site chosen for development…. read more

Hello Neighbors

Hello Neighbors

This passive house design has both a solid, yet meet-and-greet style and lively green doors and windows that say welcome. The Leeuw House, designed by NU Architectuuratelier is an interesting construction, to say the least. Situated in scenic Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium, this home is not only unique looking it is also a model of energy efficiency. Its bold form does follow the volume of the adjacent structures, but its design was selected to best capture heat. Though it does boldly stand out among its countryside neighbors, the interesting exterior façade is completely refreshing. The darker finish helps to absorb warmth and strategic… read more

Zero Cottage Reconceives The Townhouse

Zero Cottage Reconceives The Townhouse

From David Baker Architects, the Zero Cottage in San Francisco, California is an interesting space. The vertical construction was an addition to its neighboring building. Reinventing what the inner workings of a residence can offer, a multifunctional aspect was applied to the structure. The cottage portion consists of  712 square feet of residential living area, which is situated over a workshop. The addition also includes apartment space, 2 bedrooms and a studio, as well as a storefront at street level. In addition to achieving other green certifications, the Zero Cottage is a NET PLUS building, and the sustainable features create more energy… read more

Building A Zero Energy House In Auckland

Building A Zero Energy House In Auckland

The Zero Energy House in Auckland, New Zealand was a project intended to provide an educational focus on the construction of a highly efficient and environmentally minded residence. The homeowners, Shay Brazier and Jo Woods, freely shared the design and development as a resource for others. The structural design was planned by A Studio Architects. The owners contributed to all elements of the production process, from research to the calculated analyzation of what materials and building strategies would work best within the budget. This included a thermal analysis of resources used and careful attention to the site during construction, such as recycling in the… read more

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Updating old buildings and redeeming them into livable, inviting spaces takes skill and planning. Reusing original materials and salvaged finds also takes a clever eye. The following brought-back-to-life farmhouses are examples of how a clean, fresh home can be established while still holding onto the characteristic elements from the past. From Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, this home has distinguished details and a gorgeous design inside and out. Upscale but not stuffy, the Hupomone Ranch is set on a sprawling 160 acres of Californian farmland that is settled in the Chileno Valley. It remained unused for more than 3 decades when purchased for… read more

E+Green Home Is A Self-Contained Design

E + Green Home Is A Self-Contained Design

From the architectural and design team at Unsangdong Architects in collaboration with the Kolon Institute of Technology, the E + Green Home is an impressive model with ultramodern green architecture and smart energy resources. It is a prototype that was developed a few years ago with an emphasis on environmentally responsible construction, and it was intended to be a design for future developments. From the architects: “The aim of E + Green Home is to suggest three e+ concepts; 1. Energy+, sustainable Energy Plus integrated with green technologies, 2. Eco+, environmental friendly housing, 3. Emotion +, housing which stimulates customer’s design emotion.” Powered with… read more

Open Up

Open Up

A Federation style house in the ssuburban area of Mosman, Australia was on the receiving end of an update that transposed the existing arrangement into something entirely different, and over the top appealing. Anderson Architecture completed the renovation, giving the home a completely new style, and a more connected to nature feel. Along with implementing energy efficient amenities, the clients also wanted to open up the home. The design assignment included completely opening up the entire posterior half of the structure. The project also involved the addition of several green features. The back portion of the house faces north, so the extension… read more

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive homes can be seen throughout history in many different regions around the world. Building around the climate to make homes more efficient and comfortable indoors has been employed by common sense builders for centuries. However, the term passive houses was coined and researched for more widespread use in 1990 when the first home to include the name was initiated and built by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist. This type of structure utilizes passive energy and passive solar gains. Passive designs are intended to make the most use of shading and daytime sunlight. In addition to being well ventilated, they also employ… read more

WFH House Offers A Sustainable Prefab Design

WFH House Offers A Sustainable Prefab Design

The way many are thinking of housing has been changing for the past several years. Some construction designs are focusing on smaller floor plans and economical materials, and others are trying to budget and fit in what is most important to a sustainable lifestyle. Arcgency has come up with a model for a prefabricated and modular home with a flexible design called WFH House. The framework is made from shipping containers and uses 40 foot high standard sections as the support systems. The building can actually be configured in several ways in order to serve different functions. It can also be changed to fit various weather conditions,… read more