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    Passive House in Maine Will Demonstrate How US Homes Could Use 10% of Normal Energy

    This 1,500 square foot house could qualify for LEED Platinum. But, even better, it is trying for the much more rigorous energy certification: a Passive House Certificate based on the German PassivHaus requirements. And at a projected $225,000, this is very instructive for America at a time when the administration is trying to upgrade US [...]

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    Earth-Sheltered Housing for Our Future Climates

    This earth-sheltered house on Antiparos Island in Greece draws on the region’s classical Greek architectural sensibility in its simple gracious symmetry. Cleverly woven into the adjacent hillside as if naturally evolved over time, Aloni House seems like an ancient ruin. But that’s not why it earned the Piranesi Award for the Greek Architure firm DecaARCHITECTURE. [...]

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    How To Build a Home That Needs No Heat

    The house itself acts as a heat pump, using the natural energy of rising solar-heated air to extract and enhance the pool of geothermal energy just beneath the building’s floor.

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