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In a dense urban neighborhood, this remodeled bungalow goes green with recycled materials, solar energy, gray water, and room for the owners’ day jobs
by Geoffrey Holton
This home uses five systems to reduce its environmental impact, lower its operating cost, and improve its connection to the land
by James Tuer
A video introduction to Portland's Green Homes Tour + Info Fair
For starters, the simple modular plan optimizes daylight and cross ventilation
A resourceful homeowner and his contractor explain how they created a sustainable home on budget in under five months
Get an in-depth look at a near-zero energy house featuring recycled materials and solar-heating and rainwater-harvesting systems
Part of Portland's Build It Green! 2008 Homes Tour + Info Fair, this master bedroom, bath, and loft are designed to conserve energy and water
Video tours and takeaways from Portland's Build It Green! 2008 event
After walking the floors of West Coast Green 2008, we came back with these standouts
Solar panels aside, you can’t see the upgrades that make this downtown remodel so energy efficient
by Richard Renner
Passive survivability is a life-safety issue. How long could you live in your house without power or fuel?
by Alex Wilson
Reports from three case studies outline what it takes to achieve LEED for Home's silver, gold, and platinum ratings
by Sean Groom
LEED for Homes is a new, comprehensive national certification program for green, energy-efficient homes. Builders who’ve tried it like it, but will it change the way houses are built?
by Sean Groom
Federal and state incentive programs make rehabilitating durable old buildings cost-effective
by John K. Grosvenor
Common-sense solutions for creating homes that are self-reliant, resilient, and versatile
by David Johnston, Scott Gibson
Watch the Passive House video series
Play the Inspector Game!
Transformation of the Week Gallery
The Barefoot HomeDressed-Down Design for Casual Living
Outside the Not So Big HouseExpand your home to include outdoor spaces.
Window Treatments Idea BookUpdate the look of your home’s windows with hundreds of fresh ideas.
Inside the Not So Big HousePersonalize your home and discover how to make it more functional with special built-in details.
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