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  • Thumbnail image of Home for Life Generates a Solar Surplus

    Home for Life Generates a Solar Surplus

    The solar powered Home for Life, designed by Danish architecture firm AART A/S is well designed for not just net-zero energy consumption (producing its own energy), but to actually be a net energy generator, producing a surplus for the grid. Here’s what we can learn from it. For states (like New Jersey) and countries (like [...]

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    How to Design a Net-Zero Rainwater-Harvesting Home in the Desert

    Arizona’s  DesignBuild Collaborative founder Paul Weiner, AIA, is thinking ahead about how to rely year round on only the 12 inches of monsoon rain the Sonoran desert typically gets in July. The Rincon Mountain Residence provides a model. For only the first year, the desert home will access groundwater, while DesignBuild samples and tests rainwater [...]

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    Could Your Home Be Warmed With Night-Time Wind Power?

    A Thermal Electric Storage Heater can store a tremendous amount of electricity, in the form of heat, for up to 24 hours, so it is perfect for running on cheap night time off-peak electricity. When you want to warm up your house you flip a switch and it starts to release slow-release heat stored in [...]

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    Net Zero Restoration of 1936 Artist Built Cottage in Palo Alto

    When Marc Porat bought the craftsman home built by the renowned architect and artist Pedro de Lemos in 1936, he completely upgraded the home to PassiveHaus Net Zero energy standards, to demonstrate just what is possible, even with antique housing stock.

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    Net Zero House Pleases Architectural Critic

    If only more architectural critics took an interest in the environmental impact of the houses they critique. Houses built between now and 2050 will literally make or break us as a species. It’s all about energy use. Although most people believe that it is what we drive that creates the most greenhouse gases, in fact, [...]

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