What you can learn from so-called Passive House Design -- i.e. houses with very low energy use -- and apply to the building of any home.
FreeGreen's entire library of energy-efficient plans is now part of the Houseplans.com inventory.
Interest in adapting the shipping container esthetic for home design is a growing trend.
Architect/Sculptor/Furniture Designer Olle Lundberg's cabin in the Northern California woods.
A getaway cabin prototype inspired by farm structures and built at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Selecting the right windows and lighting is essential for an energy-efficient home.
Straw bale building now part of national building code -- basic information about this construction method.
High performance windows and doors are key elements in the passive design of the Karuna House.
Explaining how electric and hydronic radiant heat in floors works, and the basic ways to use it.
Announcing Sarah Susanka's innovative new 2 bedroom 2 bath Not So Big Bungalow plan.
Touring the energy-efficient, light-filled house of husband-and-wife architectural team Buzz Yudell and Tina Beebe.
Six key elements work together to make this house appealing: insulation for an R-50 SIP wall assembly and an R-60 foundation; triple-glazed windows; diligent air-sealing; minimized risk of thermal bridging; attention to indoor-air quality; and a super-insulated slab foundation that picks up heat during the day and releases it slowly at night.
Waste heat recovery is a possible way to achieve net zero at home. Jeff Wilson investigates a holistic approach.
How LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) work, why they are more efficient than traditional lighting, where to install them.