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Green Solar Lumenhaus Wins in Europe!

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The team from Virginia Tech just took the top prize at Solar Decathlon Europe with their house pavilion, Lumenhaus, which was inspired by the Farnsworth House.  The deep green home was on display in the Solar Village in Madrid and viewed by more than 190,000 visitors.

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Re:Focus House Dazzles the Internet!

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With the European counterpart to the Solar Decathlon now complete, the team from University of Florida walks away as winner of the Internet Award based on online voting open during the competition.  Their home, Project RE:FOCUS, blends three elements from historic Florida houses — a covered open porch, a breezeway oriented to prevailing winds, and a porous breathable skin — in a striking way.

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Modern Green Compact House for All

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This tiny house — the L41 House — has been sneaking around the internet over the past few months.  It was on display at the Vancouver Olympics and visitors seemed to take a liking to the 220-square-foot beauty.  Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Corne, L41 House is small, energy efficient, and sacrifices nothing but extraneous space.

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Circular Passive House Villa in Sweden

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture recently let us know of a newly completed Passive House in Borlänge, Sweden.  It’s beautiful, prefabricated, contemporary, and, stating the obvious, circular.  The 1,700 square-foot home features an interior atrium, lake-facing kitchen and living room, and more private bedrooms and bathrooms on the other side of the home.

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Helios House Gets LEED Gold in Bend

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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. 

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Haptik Blends Luxury and Sustainability

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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:

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