Building Systems Integration Well-insulated straw bale walls and SIP roofs; clerestory windows for stack and cross-ventilation as well as daylighting; lower windows for cross-ventilation, daylighting, and views; metal cool roofs for summer comfort, prevention of icicles, rainwater collection, and fire resistance; passive systems for selecting, filtering, and drawing cistern water; and a hydronic radiant floor for heating.

Building Systems Integration Well-insulated straw bale walls and SIP roofs; clerestory windows for stack and cross-ventilation as well as daylighting; lower windows for cross-ventilation, daylighting, and views; metal cool roofs for summer comfort, prevention of icicles, rainwater collection, and fire resistance; passive systems for selecting, filtering, and drawing cistern water; and a hydronic radiant floor for heating.

This tilted, ecologically savvy model dwelling near Larvik, Norway, actually creates more energy than it consumes—a “plus house,” it’s called. Brought to life by the combined creative genius of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and design firm Snøhetta.

This tilted, ecologically savvy model dwelling near Larvik, Norway, actually creates more energy than it consumes—a “plus house,” it’s called. Brought to life by the combined creative genius of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and design firm Snøhetta.

Combined Heat and Power | DIY Doctor

Combined Heat and Power | DIY Doctor

Shanghai Shikumen, traditional houses.

Shanghai Shikumen, traditional houses.

This small house has a big heart. Two nice sized Bedrooms with walk-in closets. Two full baths, one private and one for family and guests. Two covered porches for relaxing with family and friends. House Plan No.432921 House Plans by WestHomePlanners.com

This small house has a big heart. Two nice sized Bedrooms with walk-in closets. Two full baths, one private and one for family and guests. Two covered porches for relaxing with family and friends. House Plan No.432921 House Plans by WestHomePlanners.com

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