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Kumar Renovation Overlooks San Francisco Bay Through Energy-Efficient Windows

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The 1100 square foot Kumar Residence was in need of an addition and remodel to update the look and provide a fourth bedroom and space for living and entertaining. Now at 3,000 square feet, the 1950’s era ranch home that is located in a suburban cul de sac in the hills of Belmont, California is a modern, contemporary residence with European sensibilities and sustainable features.

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Grand Junction Federal Courthouse May Become First Net-Zero Building on U.S. National Register of Historic Places

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Recently rededicated following almost two years in construction, the 95-year old Wayne S. Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado has seen the last of its transformations by the U.S. General Services Administration. Building systems performance will be measured and verified against energy targets by project architect, Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL), for one year, beginning in April 2013, in hopes of achieving LEED Platinum status and becoming the National Register of Historic Places’ first net-zero-energy building.

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Modern Seaweed House Revives Tradition of Seaweed-Thatched Roofs

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Designed by Danish architect Tegnestuen Vandkunsten for client Realdania Byg, The Modern Seaweed House features the use of seaweed in thatch-like layers on the roof in a manner that has become a disappearing tradition on the Danish island of Læsø, where only twenty such historical houses remain.

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Park Passive is First Certified Passive House in Seattle

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Attendees of the 2013 Explore Design Home Tour, sponsored by American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle, will get up close and personal with Park Passive, one of seven homes on the Tour and the first home in Seattle to be designated as a Passive House in accordance with the requirements set by Passive House Academy as authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Passivhaus sets international standards for a certification program by which ultra-low energy buildings are evaluated.

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SOAK in a Pop-Up Spa Repurposed from Reclaimed Shipping Containers

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San Francisco startup, SOAK, inspired by Amsterdam saunas and dubbed, “an urban bathhouse for healthy hedonists,” has turned shipping containers into a spa that can be transported to any urban location.

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Portland’s Caravan is First Tiny House Hotel in USA

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Tiny houses have found homes as hotel rooms at Caravan Tiny House Hotel, which celebrated its grand opening in the Alberta Arts District, a neighborhood in northeast Portland, Oregon, on July 27, 2013.

Owners Deb Delman and Kol Peterson say that one of the goals of Caravan is to showcase the tiny home lifestyle. Three unique units (Rosebud, Pearl, and Tandem) share the common area outdoors that includes covered seating, a hammock, a barbecue, and a fire pit. In a hostel-like environment, visitors are encouraged to socialize.

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