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Passive Solar Down Under, the Te Kauwhata House

Passive Solar Down Under, the Te Kauwhata House

The Solarei Architecture firm based in New Zealand, is building sleek, efficient passive solar homes that integrate natural ventilation to help cool and heat the building, while respecting the surrounding environment by building sustainably. Based out of New Zealand and Bangkok, Thailand, Solarei is a young architecture firm building an impressive portfolio of passive solar [...]

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UrbanEden Built by UNC

UrbanEden Built by UNC

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte built a beautiful concrete and glass high-performing home for this year’s Solar Decathlon.

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Missouri Designs the Chameleon House

Missouri Designs the Chameleon House

Missouri University of Science and Technology designed a house that can adapt to its changing environment. They received 1st place in Energy Balance, creating more energy than the house used. This house had smart passive solar features…

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Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti – Blending Architecture and Ecology

Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti – Blending Architecture and Ecology

Arcosanti is architect Paolo Soleri’s urban experiment that combines the comforts of urban living into an efficient city that celebrates sustainability.

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An Efficient Off-Grid Solar Electricity System

An Efficient Off-Grid Solar Electricity System

The freedoms of living off-the-grid can be rewarding as well as comfortable. This article focuses on the electrical and active solar systems that augment the efficiency…

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An Optimally Efficient Off-Grid Passive and Active Solar Home

An Optimally Efficient Off-Grid Passive and Active Solar Home

This off-grid, owner-designed and built house is one of the most impressive passive and active solar combinations I’ve seen. Located at an elevation of 9,000 feet…

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A Modernist, Sleek, Concrete Active & Passive Solar Home

A Modernist, Sleek, Concrete Active & Passive Solar Home

Built by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, the home comfortably inhabits the seemingly contradictory extremes of lightness and strength, practicality and sparse modernity.  Perhaps it’s the aesthetics of the ‘floating roof’, a transparent band of glass that seemingly supports the roof. [...]

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A Concrete Modern Passive Solar Home

A Concrete Modern Passive Solar Home

The building style is modern, exhibiting a state of simple grace and elegance.  This owner-built passive solar home utilizes concrete as its priniciple building material. Concrete is a dense material that can absorb, store and radiate heat.  Concrete is a material with thermal mass.  The thicker the material with thermal mass, the more potential mass [...]