Binishell System

An approach to Construction Automation developed by Dante Bini. Using air to create their form, Binishells are inherently green as they require less labor, material, resources, energy and time to construct compared to common building practices. Along with savings during …


Seattle’s first Passive House-certified home

Madison Park, Seattle, Washington (NK Architects) Quick note about Passive-House Certified: Passive, in this case, refers to heating and cooling without the use of mechanical systems. A Passive-House certified home is one that, by passive means and energy efficient building strategies, …


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Open House – Passive Solar Building Design

Open House follows Passive Solar Building principles to manage occupant thermal comfort and energy consumption. House design with attention to sun orientation, geography and climate works to manage most heating and cooling needs naturally. Co-existing with its environment, in this way, also helps to circulate …


the Pearl by Solaleya

…The Pearl incorporates an array of “passive solar” principles that harness the sun for heating and take advantage of air movement for natural ventilation. The bay windows are fitted with an automated venting system – during the winter they soak …


Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence …


Blu Homes Factory Tour

Blu Homes builds prefabricated high energy efficient homes. Today I took a tour of their west coast factory in Vallejo California at the old Mare Island naval shipyard where these guys have got an impressive all in one operation all …