If you've been to Bend, Oregon — smack dab in the center of the state on the dry side — you know it's a cool place with a ton of outdoor, vacation, and eco-friendly options. That's why the owners of this vacation rental, Helios NW Eco-House, decided to go ahead and earn LEED Gold certification. It's actually, according to the owners' research, the first vacation rental home in the state to receive this level of certification.
In response to a design challenge issued by the USGBC, WATG and IDEO created "Haptik," a sustainable hotel suite that blends sustainability and luxury in a high-tech environment. The suite, named after a Greek term for experiencing interactions based on touch, won the challenge and was built as a model at HD Expo 2010 last month. Courtesy of WATG, take a look inside:
Last year we mentioned this ultra-green Active House in Denmark. Even with all the windows, it's paradoxically efficient enough to capture more energy than the occupants need for heat and power. In fact, over 40 years, the idea is that surplus energy will offset the energy required for construction and materials, too. It's a step beyond zero net energy or even Passive House.