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    A Better Home Right Now

    This concept home shows how smart design, advanced building practices, and modern technologies improve livability and energy performance When many people envision the house of the future, they might think…

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    Energy Efficient from the Ground Up

    An energy efficient house in Vermont uses SIPs, ICF, solar water, and radiant floor heating

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    The Greenest House in America

    Although it's healthful, low maintenance, and easy on the environment, this Texas home is also lots of fun to live in This article features the new home of an architect…

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    Design a Home That Keeps You Cool, Naturally

    Let in the breeze, keep out the sun, and stay comfortable when things heat up outside Air conditioners are great at cooling down houses, but they're also great at boosting…

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    There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Building Site

    An architect offers smart strategies to fix imperfect situationsThe only building sites left are those that are problematic in some way: a featureless lot in a development, a downslope lot…

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    A High-Performance Spec House

    Architect Christopher Briley believes the spec-house market is ready for a change, especially now that energy prices are on the rise. This 2200-sq.-ft. spec house in Maine, called Harmony House,…

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    Reinventing the House

    Open building is a systematic method of efficient, adaptable design and construction

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    What Does “Green” Really Mean?

    Green building is a wide-ranging, complex topic, and "green" is one of the buzzwords in the building field today. Contributing editor Scott Gibson takes a look at the complicated definition…