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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

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

Editor's Choice: Modern Masonry Farmhouse
Editor's Choice: Modern Masonry FarmhouseOnline Membership Required

A retirement house in keeping with its rural surroundings conjures old-world sensibilities in modern masonry

Buttoned Up for a New Century
Buttoned Up for a New CenturyOnline Membership Required

Preservation meets performance when a Brooklyn architect applies Passive House principles to four iconic urban town houses

Rainwater Collection Lowers the Impact on a Coastal Site
Rainwater Collection Lowers the Impact on a Coastal SiteOnline Membership Required

Traditional architecture, new building methods, and rainwater collection combine to lessen a home’s imprint on its sensitive coastal site

From Luxury to LEED
From Luxury to LEEDOnline Membership Required

Used to building big houses with big budgets, the Picton brothers earned a platinum rating with their first modest green home—but mastering the learning curve wasn’t always a smooth ride

A Striking Hillside Home
A Striking Hillside HomeOnline Membership Required

In New York state, a new house combines compound curves and energy-saving details

A Green Oasis in a Hot, Dry Climate
A Green Oasis in a Hot, Dry ClimateOnline Membership Required

Defined by a mosaic of indoor and outdoor spaces, a new house tames the sun and adapts a traditional Southwest style for an established neighborhood

Fix the Flow of the House With a Backyard Addition
Fix the Flow of the House With a Backyard AdditionOnline Membership Required

A new family room and master suite, improved entries, and an updated building envelope saved this home from the wrecking ball, again

Audio: Pacific Northwest Architecture
Audio: Pacific Northwest Architecture

An architect highlights the hallmarks of a style that responds to its environment  

Exploiting the Elements of Passive Design
Exploiting the Elements of Passive DesignOnline Membership Required

This home uses five systems to reduce its environmental impact, lower its operating cost, and improve its connection to the land

Build It Green! 2008: A Heat Recovery/Exchange and Solar Hot-Water System
Video: Build It Green! 2008: A Heat Recovery/Exchange and Solar Hot-Water SystemOnline Membership Required

A forward-thinking homeowner invests in a highly efficient HVAC system that includes photovoltaics and a noncombustion furnace

Build It Green! 2008: A Rainwater-Harvesting and Filtration System
Video: Build It Green! 2008: A Rainwater-Harvesting and Filtration SystemOnline Membership Required

Requirements: 1 metal roof, 2500 gallons of rain, and the desire to save the planet

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