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MHMag - Thursday, July 9, 2009 13:25 - 2 Comments

The LEED House

Early in 2007 the Z6 house by architect Ray Kappe was the first single family house in the US to be awarded a LEED Platinum certification. The house is said to be built with 75 percent less construction waste, and 80 percent more energy efficient than a conventionally built house. Meanwhile, just this past year [...]

MHMag - Tuesday, June 2, 2009 15:40 - 0 Comments

Will Green Turn Gold?

In an attempt to build a case for yet another green rating system, the National Association of Home Builders under their relatively new “Green Building Program” has laid down a goal of increasing US house energy efficiency by at least 15 percent when compared to non-rated houses.

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Modern Houses - Oct 4, 2009 - 0 Comments

Medusagroup Box

MedusagroupFrom Poland Medusagroup shows off their stark modern dwelling complete with materials like concrete floors and metal framing.

We borrow the descriptions from Arch daily: “The main entrance, garage, toilet for guests and a corridor are located to the north whereas bedroom, children room, living, dining and kitchen are to the south. Because of that all rooms enjoy a direct connection with the terrain separated by covered terrace.


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Green - Sep 23, 2009 - 0 Comments

Glenn Park

Glenn Park ResidenceFrom the AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours comes Glen Park residence. The owner is also the architect, and a LEED-certified senior associate at Sasiki. It’s a good thing too because this project would have depended on a lot of patience by a client.

After three variances and about 5 years of work this in-fill house was rewarded with the 2008 Best Custom Home under 5,000 square feet. Take a look at the photos to see why.


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Prefab Houses - Sep 18, 2009 - 2 Comments

Cowboy Container

Shipping Container HouseIn our story Chelsea Morning about the Hudson river Park Trust using LOT-EK’s design to dress up Pier 57 we recalled musing about yet another previous story on shipping container houses that, “no one should be shocked if we don’t all end up living in one…some time in the future.”

Another step in that direction is this design of four containers by architect Christopher Robertson in Houston Texas.


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Lifestyle - Sep 6, 2009 - 0 Comments

World Changing

As we reported in our story The LEED House, various organizations are vying for control of how we measure a sustainable future in housing. At the top of the list is the USGBC LEED certification program whose history is detailed in our original story (and followed up by Will Green Turn To Gold?).

More recently, has posted many more links to various NGO’s who are giving their updated predictions of the time we may have before we reach the global warming tipping point.


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Interiors - Sep 11, 2009 - 0 Comments

Repurposed Furniture

Jo Meesters FurnitureIn Welcome Home House we’ve seen a recent example of architects using primarily re-purposed materials in their designs of sustainable houses, and in Recycled Kitchen well known brand kitchen designers making recycled materials look, well, not recycled.

Now the same idea can also be applicable to furniture. At least designer Jo Meesters thinks so and designed an experimental line of furniture crafted out of discarded wood beams and leftover blankets.


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House Plans - Aug 28, 2009 - 1 Comment

Green House Plan

Ranch HouseOur latest featured green house plan is called Modern Ranch House, and can be found at Free Green, the world’s leading online provider of modern green house plans.

Get an exclusive free look here at this Premium Member house plan, and then sign up to download this and other green house plans from Free Green.


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