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Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new Passivhaus-rated stra...

A house made from straw didn't work out so well in The Three Little Pigs, but maybe it's not such a bad idea after all. Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new energy-efficient Passivhaus-certified homes that feature a prefabricated straw insulation system, and promise a heating bill 90 percent lower than that of an average home.  Read More

Castlemaine Passivhaus is a 39 sq m (419 sq ft) Passive House in Australia

We've seen the Passive House sustainability marque awarded to plenty of big flashy home builds. A project in Australia, however, has shown that a certified Passive House needn't be either of those things. Castlemaine Passivhaus is covers just 39 sq m (419 sq ft) and took only 10 days to build.  Read More

El Refugio Inteligente is located within Spain's Serra Espadà mountain range, in the Provi...

Spanish green building firm NOEM recently completed a prefabricated house called El Refugio Inteligente (The Smart Shelter), that more than lives up to its name. Designed and built in just nine weeks and assembled on-site in approximately 10 days, the solar-powered house features a combination of smartphone-configured amenities and sustainable design that help reduce overall energy usage.  Read More

Passive House Che is a sustainable house situated in Suceava, Romania

A house in Romania has been built in just the sort of environment it is designed to help protect. Passive House Che is situated in a forest in the Romanian city of Suceava. In addition to a host of sustainability features, the house also has a large net suspended between floors and an indoor lawn.  Read More

The Taoshouse in New Mexico, US, is expected to run entirely on electricity generated by i...

A home built in New Mexico, US, is expected to run entirely from the electricity generated from energy harvested by its nine 230 W solar panels. The Taoshouse also has a number of design features to help keep power usage to a minimum.  Read More

The American Institute of Architects has chosen 10 recipients for its 2014 Housing Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed what its judges reckon to be the 10 best new American homes and housing complexes, for the organization's 2014 Housing Awards. Though not explicitly marketed as a list of green housing, almost all of the winners feature some degree of sustainable technology or design.  Read More

Park Passive House is Seattle's first certified Passive House (Photo: Aaron Leitz)

Well, it could theoretically be heated by a hairdryer, at least. While that attention-grabbing headline needn't be taken too literally (it appears to refer to the equivalent energy required for heating), in Park Passive House, NK Architects has produced an energy-efficient and attractive modern family home. It also happens to be Seattle's first certified Passive House, and so will hopefully provide inspiration for more similarly efficient homes to be built in its wake.  Read More

Petwalk doors (Photo: © Petwalk)

Of the many new gadgets to help you go green that were on offer at London's Ecobuild 2014 last week, one of the standout innovations was from Petwalk. The company's new, highly-insulated, automated pet door lets pets move in and out of the house at will, without squeezing through small openings or knocking on a plastic flap. It opens and closes electronically without being pushed open by a dog or cat, or by anyone else. Once closed, the doors form a draught-free seal that conforms to Passive House standards for thermal exclusion. Petwalk also offers a range of sophisticated extras.  Read More

Lakiya Culley cuts the ribbon on her new home (Photo: Sarah Gerrity, US Dept of Energy)

It won first prize in the Affordability category of the 2011 Solar Decathlon, and in December of 2012 Empowerhouse became Washington DC’s first Passive House. In a video interview just released by the US Department of Energy, its new owner describes how the house's energy-saving design means a brighter future for her family.  Read More

Tighthouse is a refit of an existing NYC row house (Photo: Hai Zhang)

Architectural design firm Fabrica718 recently completed the very first Passive House Institute (PHI) certified house to be located in New York City. Dubbed Tighthouse, the property is based on an existing row house which is over a hundred years old and has been extensively retrofitted to meet the exacting Passive House standard.  Read More

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