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Low-Tech Solar Low-Tech Solar Online Membership Required

Before considering PV panels, integrate passive strategies into the core of your home’s design to reap savings in heating and cooling costs

The Carpenter's House
The Carpenter's HouseOnline Membership Required

This smart Craftsman-style home was built with a keen eye for detail and energy efficiency

The Passive House Build: Getting the Mechanicals Right
The Passive House Build: Getting the Mechanicals RightOnline Membership Required

A carefully designed mechanical system rounds out this house’s heating and cooling load

Redefining Retirement
Redefining RetirementOnline Membership Required

Two architects collaborate on a one-of-a-kind project that provides lessons in comfort, craft, and flexible living at all stages of life

Building Science for the Rest of Us
Building Science for the Rest of Us

7 basic principles to make homes safe, durable, and energy efficient

The Boat House
The Boat House

Housing is Back. Is it Better?
Housing is Back. Is it Better?

Here’s how the tough lessons of the collapse made us more-responsible builders

The Passive House Build, Part Three: Superinsulated Slab
The Passive House Build, Part Three: Superinsulated SlabOnline Membership Required

If you aren’t insulating the edge, you’re only doing half the job

A Small Addition Faces A Tougher Energy Code
A Small Addition Faces A Tougher Energy CodeOnline Membership Required

Energy regs on airtightness, insulation, and mechanical systems mean big changes—even for small buildings

The Passive House Build, Part Two: Air-Sealed Mudsill Assembly
The Passive House Build, Part Two: Air-Sealed Mudsill AssemblyOnline Membership Required

You only have one chance to get this critical detail perfect

The Passive House Build, Part One: Designed for Success
The Passive House Build, Part One: Designed for Success

One architect’s approach to designing a house to meet the country’s most stringent energy requirement

Ranch Transformed, Efficiency Achieved
Ranch Transformed, Efficiency AchievedOnline Membership Required

An architect rebuilds a midcentury wreck into a stylish, energy-smart home for $90 per sq. ft.

Seattle Net-Zero Home
Seattle Net-Zero Home

Best Energy Smart Home: A Higher Standard
Best Energy Smart Home: A Higher Standard

A practical design delivers a remarkably air-tight, super insulated home on a modest budget

Best New Home: Passive House Perfection
Best New Home: Passive House PerfectionOnline Membership Required

This compact farmhouse achieves home building’s highest performance standard without a shred of aesthetic compromise

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