FreeGreen's entire library of energy-efficient plans is now part of the Houseplans.com inventory.
Green design and development experts share what you need to know before breaking ground.
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 Maine architect designs Michigan's first certified Passive House to be rooted in tradition.
A getaway cabin prototype inspired by farm structures and built at the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Energy efficient design through common sense approaches to seals, HVAC, water use, and the selection of appliances and fixtures.
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.
Building an energy efficient house begins with orientation to the sun and taking advantage of thermal mass.
Explaining how electric and hydronic radiant heat in floors works, and the basic ways to use it.
Newsflash: 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs are no more.The new LED replacements last much much longer.
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.
Resource Guide for eco-friendly home building, from awnings and solar power to low VOC paints and water conservation.
A brief history of recycling -- from Ancient Romans re-purposing an Egyptian obelisk to a 21st century architect using parts of a 747 for a new house.