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Projects are featured that have incorporated solar building, design, and development practices anywhere in the world.


Albatros (Netherlands)

Albatros (Netherlands)

Owned by the Royal Dutch Navy, the Albatros building was formerly accommodation barracks for naval officers. The Navy was intent on demolishing it ...more

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center (Wisconsin, USA)

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center (Wisconsin, USA)

The Leopold Center utilizes green architecture to be a net zero energy green building, meeting all of its energy needs on site. Despite the contrasts ...more

An Appalachian House: The Design and Analysis of a Passive Solar House (Virginia, USA)

An Appalachian House: The Design And Analysis Of A Passive Solar House (Virginia, USA)

This project is a proposal for the design of a house - a green building - situated on a plot of land within the town limits of Blacksburg, Virginia, ...more

Arcosanti Perches Over Arizona Canyon

Arcosanti Perches Over Arizona Canyon

In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. ...more

Arizona National Guard Building (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

Arizona National Guard Building (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)

The 5,200 square-foot green building is burrowed into the site to gain as much of the thermal benefit and barrier to heat as the earth can provide. ...more

Aviva Stadium Lets Sun Shine In, Through

Aviva Stadium Lets Sun Shine In, Through

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, designed as a collaboration between global architects Populous and Dublin‐based architects, Scott Tallon Walker ...more

BaleHaus Passive Home (UK)

BaleHaus Passive Home (UK)

The BaleHaus green building, designed by White Design Architects, uses ModCell Straw cladding panels, to provide a super-insulated home, made from ...more

Bertschi School Center (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Bertschi School Center (Seattle, Washington, USA)

The Bertschi School is a pre-kindergarten through 5th grade independent school located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The school has grown steadily ...more

Bethesda Zero Energy Home (Maryland, USA)

Bethesda Zero Energy Home (Maryland, USA)

Not far from Washington, D.C., the Bethesda Zero Energy House produces more power than it uses with a rooftop 9.6 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array ...more

Blue House Is Passive Green (Seattle, USA)

Blue House Is Passive Green (Seattle, USA)

A Green Building That's Blue By David Sokol, Green Source Magazine, December 2010 - The Lehman Brothers collapse did well by Joseph Hurley, AIA, ...more

Chenequa Home Spirals in Control

Chenequa Home Spirals In Control

The Chenequa Residence is a single family home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, designed by organic architect Robert Oshatz. The house is designed in ...more

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way in

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Led Way In '97

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters, also known as the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, was designed in 1997. Back then, green ...more

Chevrollier High School (France)

Chevrollier High School (France)

Before renovation of this 1959 high school, the south façade glazing was exposed to direct solar radiation, causing the classrooms to overheat on ...more

CO2 Saver House Has Loam Walls (Poland)

CO2 Saver House Has Loam Walls (Poland)

By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved ...more

Daneshill House (UK)

Daneshill House (UK)

Daneshill House is a purpose-designed local government office building which was constructed in the 1950’s as part of the Stevenage ‘new town’ ...more

Disney

Disney's Giant Sundial In Florida (USA)

Late in 1987 Florida's Disney World sought a new building to consolidate many of its leased offices spread around the Orlando metropolitan region. ...more

Dome House (International)

Dome House (International)

Dubbed the “habitat for the 21st century,” the Dome House is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% ...more

Earth Centre Failed Econ Sustainability Test

Earth Centre Failed Econ Sustainability Test

The Earth Centre, Doncaster was intended to establish a world centre for sustainable development promoting the best environmental and sustainable ...more

Earth Sheltered Greenhouse (Idaho, USA)

Earth Sheltered Greenhouse (Idaho, USA)

by Mike Oehler Mother Earth News March 2004 Ninety frost-free days here in the mountains of Idaho close to the Canadian border are not enough to ...more

Earthships Dig Their Heels Into the Hillside

Earthships Dig Their Heels Into The Hillside

An Earthship is a type of passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, NM, the ...more

EcoSense House Has Style, Zero Waste

EcoSense House Has Style, Zero Waste

For a Vancouver Island, Canada, couple, the objective was to live a reasonable life where their home becomes an extension of nature; where the ...more

Eden Project Has Giant Greenhouse Dome

Eden Project Has Giant Greenhouse Dome

The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in the United Kingdom, including the world's largest greenhouse. Inside the artificial biomes are plants ...more

Enertia Homes Project Hub (USA)

Enertia Homes Project Hub (USA)

In the Enertia® Building System, solid Energy-Engineered(tm) wood walls replace siding, framing, insulation, and paneling. An air flow and access ...more

Enertia House (North Carolina, USA)

Enertia House (North Carolina, USA)

Johnny Cooke of Sustainable Green Builders of the Blue Ridge is letting nature takes its course in providing energy for his new home. A builder in ...more

English Residence Solar House (Massachusetts, USA)

English Residence Solar House (Massachusetts, USA)

This home features a vegetated roof, 2.4 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic system, pre-plumbed solar hot water system, radiant floor heating on the ...more

Fennell Residence Floats on River (Oregon, USA)

Fennell Residence Floats On River (Oregon, USA)

There's something so romantic about living waterside. Waking up to a dramatic view, whether from the banks of a lake, ocean, river, or even a tiny ...more

Finch House (Denver, Colorado, USA)

Finch House (Denver, Colorado, USA)

The Finch House is a remodel and addition by Doerr Architecture located at 71 South Sherman Street in Denver, Colorado that was completed in 2005. ...more

Floating House Welcomes Sunlight (Seattle)

Floating House Welcomes Sunlight (Seattle)

by Nico Saieh - Continuing a long and distinguished history of floating homes in Seattle, this new floating home is located on Lake Union, in the ...more

Florida Solar Cracker House

Florida Solar Cracker House

This document describes an energy efficient, solar-powered home that was built near Interlachen, Florida. The original owners/designers lived in the ...more

Forest EcoCentre Employs Passive Design (Australia)

Forest EcoCentre Employs Passive Design (Australia)

Architect Robert Morris-Nunn has persistently explored passive and low-energy designs, and has applied his experience and skill to this hybrid ...more

Germany

Germany's Solar Decathlon 2009 SurPLUS House

At the 2009 Solar Decathlon, Team Germany from Technische Universität Darmstadt started with a "focus on the façade," creating a house that is ...more

Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky, Style

Green Building, Louisville, Kentucky, Style

The Green Building in Louisville, Kentucky, was home to a dry-goods store for decades starting in the 1890s. In its adaptive reuse, the building is ...more

Hawaii Prep School Energy Lab Goes Zero

Hawaii Prep School Energy Lab Goes Zero

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab is 6,100 square foot renewable-energy research laboratory where students study, design, and evaluate ...more

Hol Church solar retrofit (Norway)

Hol Church Solar Retrofit (Norway)

The Hol Church project in Norway uncovered big challenges that were met when dealing with a historic, protected buildings in Europe. As this building ...more

Iranian Homes Carved from Volcanic Rock

Iranian Homes Carved From Volcanic Rock

In northeast Iran, at the foot of Mount Sahand volcano, lies the village of Kandovan where villagers live in cave homes carved out from volcanic ...more

ISEAMI Goes Native (Costa Rica)

ISEAMI Goes Native (Costa Rica)

Located on the biologically diverse Peninsula de Osa in the rainforest of Costa Rica, Casa ISEAMI is totally off-grid using an on-site hydropower ...more

IslandWood Teaches Nature in Pacific Northwest

IslandWood Teaches Nature In Pacific Northwest

Inspiration for IslandWood came from the land itself, and the knowledge that half of Seattle School District children did not receive overnight ...more

Khan Shatyr Sizzles in Asia (Kazakhstan)

Khan Shatyr Sizzles In Asia (Kazakhstan)

The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center represents a major civic, cultural and social venue for the people of the capital city Astana, Kazakhstan - in ...more

Lava Flow 4 Collects Rainwater

Lava Flow 4 Collects Rainwater

To most people from the mainland, the 50th state conjures images of honeymoons, mai tais, and Magnum, P.I.; but along the southeastern coast of the ...more

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)

Lighthouse: An Innovative Green Skyscraper (Dubai, UAE)

The Lighthouse is another innovative green skyscraper to be constructed in Dubai. For energy generation, it will have three enormous 225 kilowatt ...more

Living Off-Grid on a Rock Island (Canada)

Living Off-Grid On A Rock Island (Canada)

Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed post-glacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest ...more

Lumenhaus by Virginia Tech Is Mod Solar

Lumenhaus By Virginia Tech Is Mod Solar

Lumenhaus is a zero energy, grid-tied active and passive solar, modular residence that was designed and built by a team of university students at ...more

Maine Solar House in Cold Climate (USA)

Maine Solar House In Cold Climate (USA)

In the harsh Maine winter, this energy-conscious house produces its own heat, hot water and electricity from the sun that shines on its roof. In ...more

Makovecz Hungarian Pavilion in Seville

Makovecz Hungarian Pavilion In Seville

The Hungarian Pavilion, 92 World EXPO, Sevilla, Spain, lies along a north-south axis. Inside, two walls stretch across the building's diagonal. Each ...more

Masdar Future City (LAVA Proposed) (Abu Dhabi)

Masdar Future City (LAVA Proposed) (Abu Dhabi)

Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) won a competition to design the urban centre of Masdar, a zero-carbon, zero-waste city to be built in ...more

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings (Colorado USA)

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings (Colorado USA)

Mesa Verde is best known for a large number of well preserved cliff dwellings, houses built in shallow caves and under rock overhangs along the ...more

Metropol Parasol Shades Sunny Seville

Metropol Parasol Shades Sunny Seville

The Metropol Parasol is a controversial series of six giant woven, mushroom-shaped timber lattice umbrellas in Seville, Spain, that are designed to ...more

Mill Valley Residence Sees Green (Roof)

Mill Valley Residence Sees Green (Roof)

The vegetated roofs on a Mill Valley, California, home hop, skip and jump their way down three levels following the slope of the hillside. The living ...more

Mountain Meadow Bioshelter Greenhouse (Flagstaff, Arizona, USA)

Mountain Meadow Bioshelter Greenhouse (Flagstaff, Arizona, USA)

Mountain Meadow Farm’s Bioshelter allows us to not only grow organic foods year-round but also to support plant and animal propagation in an ...more

New Carver Apartments Awash in Daylight

New Carver Apartments Awash In Daylight

At six stories tall, the New Carver Apartments doesn’t exactly tower over the Santa Monica Freeway that zips past its windows. Yet the drumlike ...more

Oberlin College Environmental Studies Building (Ohio, USA)

Oberlin College Environmental Studies Building (Ohio, USA)

Background: The Oberlin College community had a vision for their Center for Environmental Studies: it would be more than just a classroom building. ...more

OKO House

OKO House

The OKO House, designed by Youmehshe Architects, is the first house in the UK to be designed to utilise Vacuum Insulation Panels in a modular ...more

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (New York, USA)

Omega Center For Sustainable Living (New York, USA)

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living supplies all of its own energy needs, and its operation is carbon neutral. The self-sustaining building is ...more

Oregon Bungalow Is Recycled and Passive

Oregon Bungalow Is Recycled And Passive

Over eight years, working nights and weekends, architect Ryan Walsh completely gutted his 1925 bungalow in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Portland, ...more

Parkview Green Simply Passive (Beijing, China)

Parkview Green Simply Passive (Beijing, China)

The Parkview Green in Beijing is designed to cut energy use 40 percent, saving 5,000 tons of carbon each year, based on the country’s current green ...more

Passive House US Imported from Germany

Passive House US Imported From Germany

By Alex Wilson - Originating in Germany twenty years ago and drawing inspiration from the superinsulation and passive solar movements in North ...more

Passive Solar Toilets

Passive Solar Toilets

Passive solar composting toilets offer an alternative, on-site waste recycling system that reduces pollution and creates safe and nutrient-rich ...more

Patagonia Worldwide Distribution Center (Reno, Nevada, USA)

Patagonia Worldwide Distribution Center (Reno, Nevada, USA)

Our Reno Service Center was built in 1996 at a cost of $19 million. Located on the banks of the Truckee River at the site of the old Tahoe Timber ...more

Persian Windmills and Wind Towers from Ancient Times

Persian Windmills And Wind Towers From Ancient Times

The earliest known windmill design dates back 3000 years to ancient Persia where they were used to grind grain and pump water. Reeds were bundled ...more

Plantagon Vertical Farm

Plantagon Vertical Farm

by Karen Cilento/ArchDaily We have shared architects’ different approaches to addressing the pressing food issue, from the highly conceptual ...more

Poplar Forest Used Passive Principles in 1806

Poplar Forest Used Passive Principles In 1806

Poplar Forest is a retreat that Thomas Jefferson designed for himself near present-day Lynchburg, Virginia, in the early 1800s as a get-away from his ...more

Principles of Passive House Design, Parts I and II

Principles Of Passive House Design, Parts I And II

The U.S. has many examples of superinsulated buildings that successfully harness the sun’s energy. However, while this country was enjoying low ...more

Refract House

Refract House

By Karen Cilento — For three weeks in October 2009, 20 teams of college and university students will compete in the US Department of Energy Solar ...more

Sedona Passive Solar Residence

Sedona Passive Solar Residence

A passive solar heated house utilizing thermal mass, direct gain and indirect gain, and a isolated gain green space. South facing windows coupled ...more

Shangri La Is Found Horizon in Texas

Shangri La Is Found Horizon In Texas

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens rests on an extraordinarily diverse 252-acre ecosystem at the edge of the Adams Bayou in southeastern Texas. A local ...more

Shift House Passive (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Shift House Passive (Portland, Oregon, USA)

The Shift House is a Passive House design that sits on a plateau above Hood River and boasts panoramic views of two mountains: Mt. Hood to the south ...more

Shillong House Gets Eco Makeover (India)

Shillong House Gets Eco Makeover (India)

Meghalaya is a small state in north-eastern India. The word "Meghalaya" literally means "The Abode of Clouds" and it occupies a hilly strip in the ...more

Six Senses Ecological Children

Six Senses Ecological Children's Den (Thailand)

24H-architecture designed the Children's Activity and Learning Centre as part of the Six Senses Soneva Kiri hotel resort on Koh Kood, an island in ...more

Smith House (Urbana, Illinois, USA)

Smith House (Urbana, Illinois, USA)

The Smith House in Urbana, Illinois, is located in a cold, humid climate region. It is designed and built as a passive house that is well-insulated, ...more

Solaleya Rotating Dome Homes

Solaleya Rotating Dome Homes

by Bridgette Meinhold, July 2009 -- In passive solar design, a home is oriented with the main axis running east and west so that the home faces ...more

Solar Boilers for Hot Water (Israel)

Solar Boilers For Hot Water (Israel)

Israeli solar energy companies such as Solel Solar, Aora, Ormat technologies, and a host of others are now world leaders in the development of sun ...more

Solar Greenhouse

Solar Greenhouse

by JACK RUTTLE Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine August 1978 ALMOST ANY STRUCTURE that is built to look like a solar greenhouse will work. ...more

Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia)

Southern Ocean Lodge (Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia)

Architect Max Pritchard nestles a sinuous, low-rise, energy-efficient structure on a cliff overlooking the dazzling waters of the Southern Ocean. ...more

Straw Bale Home Is Passive Solar

Straw Bale Home Is Passive Solar

This passive solar straw bale home is featured in the book, "The New Strawbale Home", and received the Western Home Award from Sunset magazine. This ...more

Sundolier Solar Lighting Glows Inside

Sundolier Solar Lighting Glows Inside

Traditional daylighting involves architectural building design to introduce sun and sky illumination with little glare while producing modest heat ...more

The Mountain Employs Passive Design

The Mountain Employs Passive Design

The Mountain is an urban housing development in Copenhagen that merges two-thirds parking with one-third residences. All apartments face the sun for ...more

Three Sisters Bioshelter

Three Sisters Bioshelter

The Bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm is a year round organic garden,compost facility, chicken house, potting room, kitchen and storage barn in one. ...more

Tomorrow House Is Passive Prefab (France)

Tomorrow House Is Passive Prefab (France)

French designers debuted Construisons Demain, or Tomorrow House, designed by architect Eric Wuilmot, at Batimat in Paris in 2007. The prefabricated ...more

Treehouses Branch Out to Adults

Treehouses Branch Out To Adults

It usually starts as a joke. Even you think you're kidding, at first. A treehouse? Grow up. But then fantasy overwhelms your rational instincts, bit ...more

Utah Passive House (Mill Creek, Utah, USA)

Utah Passive House (Mill Creek, Utah, USA)

There's a website called Our Passive House, where the owners are documenting the design and construction of the first Passive House in Utah. The ...more

Villa Old Oaks Responds Passively

Villa Old Oaks Responds Passively

Villa Old Oaks is a private residence located in a neighborhood of six larger villas in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The aim of the design was to open views ...more

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)

Watsonville Water Resource Center (CA)

The Watsonville Water Resources Center is a functional, educational, and visual extension of the water recycling plant it supports. The new 16,000 ...more

Wyoming Rammed Earth Home (USA)

Wyoming Rammed Earth Home (USA)

by Mindy Pantiel, Natural Home Magazine September 2009 When they’d tired of New York City in the 1980s, architect Tom Ward and his wife, Katherine ...more

Yakima Passive Solar Home (Washington, USA)

Yakima Passive Solar Home (Washington, USA)

He wanted a log home, and she wanted something more finished - so we worked with them to find a solution that satisfied them both. By combining ...more

YMCA Solar Greenhouse Heats Up in Virginia

YMCA Solar Greenhouse Heats Up In Virginia

The YMCA Solar Greenhouse in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, uses a novel way to store energy collected from the sun: a subterranean heat sink of soil, ...more

Zayed Museum To Cool Passively (Abu Dhabi)

Zayed Museum To Cool Passively (Abu Dhabi)

The Zayed National Museum will become the centerpiece of the emerging Saadiyat Island Cultural District in Abu Dhabi and is the UAE's first major ...more

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)

Zion National Park Visitors Center (Utah, USA)

In creating the Zion National Park Visitor Center, the National Park Service (NPS), working with DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), has ...more