Certified Passive House in Oregon Maximizes Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Concepts


The founder of Oregon-based STUDIO-E Architecture, Jan Fillinger, is a Certified Passive House Consultant and LEED AP who has over twenty years experience in sustainable design, including the use of sustainable and non-toxic materials, integration of energy-efficient building systems, and the design of site- and climate-responsive buildings. Switzerland born and raised, with a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, Fillinger has designed projects that have won multiple awards and incorporate environmental and social responsibility, with a primary goal of creating “harmonious and comfortable spaces in which people truly enjoy living and working.”


By |May 2nd, 2013|Passive House|1 Comment

Get Government Assistance for Your Energy Efficient Home

If you live or work in the United States, you have just a few days left to file your federal and local tax returns. Are you getting everything you deserve for trying to help the environment and keep your utility bills down? There are tax credits and financial incentives that could make a big difference in your return, maybe even result in getting a refund.

Financial Assistance For Energy Efficient Homes



By |April 25th, 2013|Energy Efficiency|2 Comments

Sustainable Woodland Living Meets Upscale Urban Atlanta Contemporary Design

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How can you live sustainably just miles from a major of a heavily urbanized city like Atlanta and still feel like you have your own weekend getaway retreat? Currently seeking LEED certification, this stunning 4,750 square foot home gives its residents a feeling of remoteness while living only a mile away from shops, offices, and schools.


By |April 11th, 2013|LEED|8 Comments

1970s-Era Toledo Building Transformation Achieves LEED Platinum


This 1970s-era neo-classical building underwent significant transformations to achieve LEED Platinum certification, but the architects, Duket Architects and Centerbrook Architects and Planners, were tasked with retaining the original facade, which was thought of as a local landmark.


By |April 1st, 2013|LEED|1 Comment

Ultra-Low Passivhaus Energy Standard Met by Dwell Development’s Columbia Station Micro-Community


The first spec home in the Pacific Northwest to meet Passivhaus standards is in the Columbia Station green micro-community built by the award-winning design+build boutique firm, Dwell Development. Passivhaus is an energy standard that is more difficult to achieve than LEED with respect to energy efficiency. Homes that meet the Passivhaus standard must reach thermal comfort levels by postheating or postcooling fresh air without necessitating recirculation.


By |March 19th, 2013|Passive House|5 Comments

People, Profit, and Planet: Hayden Place Architectural Office Targets LEED Gold

Hayden Place Architectural Office Targets LEED Gold

Hayden Place Architectural Office Targets LEED Gold

Hayden Place, located in Culver City, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) was designed by Cuningham Group Architecture for REthink Development to serve as the international design firm’s new home office space.

Targeted for LEED Gold, the sustainable features of the 11,650 square-foot building, which was converted from an existing warehouse, include repurposed shipping containers, light sensors, efficient energy systems, natural lighting and fresh air “trickle” ventilation. Additional air filtration is provided by an indoor garden that features adaptive and native plants and is maintained by office employees.


By |February 28th, 2013|LEED|2 Comments