This house — designed by Paul Raff Studio — has been recognized by GreenSource Magazine as the Best Green House for April 2009. The 3,500 square-foot home was optimally situated to receive natural light and efficiently built using SIPs. With automated shades, passive ventilation, and mature deciduous trees, the Cascade House stays cool in the summer and absorbs warm light in the winter.
The above picture shows one of the home's most interesting design elements. The east-facing window is made of 475 panels of 19-millimeter stacked glass, which is set in a crenellated pattern. The greenish window allows in natural light while still maintaining a level of privacy for the interior.
In the comments to the GreenSource article, some people remarked that the home was still too big to be considered a Best Green House. In addition, the article doesn't really mention the energy or water performance of the home … but it's clearly been designed with the environment in mind and we like that.
Photo credits: Ben Rahn/A Frame for GreenSource.