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Eco Modern House

'We turned this outdated 1930s home into a beautiful modern passive house for a young family from New York City,' says Elizabeth DiSalvo, principal at Trillium Architects (opens in new tab). 'This house is all electric and will be Net Zero. Meaning it will cost only $18 a month to heat, cool and electrify the entire home. ($18 is the hookup fee for the electric company) This house proves that eco-friendly does not mean you have to sacrifice beauty and sophistication.'

Eco Modern House

Built to fully integrate within the forest environment, this house was designed around existing trees rather than taking away habitats to suit the house. Natural materials were used for the build, and a living plant roof and large energy-saving windows that face the sun are are just a handful of the eco-efficient elements of this build.

Designed to blend seamlessly into the seaside landscape, The Dune house has been built with sustainability as a priority. Using passive heating, solar panels, a biomass fireplace, and double glazed windows, the house is designed to heat, store and distribute warmth which leaves it incredibly energy efficient.

Each opening of the house has been shaped and positioned in a specific way to offer a unique perspective of the landscape. From the shape to the colors, textures, and materials, every aspect of the home is thoughtfully integrated into its surroundings.Photo: Filip Dujardin (opens in new tab)

The term eco-friendly houses actually encompasses a number of house styles and features that reduce a home's impact on the environment. This can be anything from a home built with sustainably sourced materials, to a home that's super energy efficient, to a home that's powered or heated by solar energy.

If you're looking for an environmentally friendly house, you've got lots of options. From homes that are powered by solar panels, to tiny homes that are the epitome of efficiency, there's an eco-friendly home style for everyone.

Not every house could stand up to the long journey of being shipped from the factory to a homebuilding site. To reinforce the house frame for delivery, Prefab homes require sturdy materials, making them more durable out of the gate than traditionally built homes.

CleverHomes commits to creating the healthy and eco-friendly house you desire, often incorporating green roofs, water catchment systems, and other sustainable technologies. In partnership with multiple modular home factories, CleverHomes combines prefab and modular techniques with personalized designs to create high-end contemporary homes with striking modern lines and fine finishes and furnishings. CleverHomes is a leader in the space: servicing clients who contract directly with experienced modular home fabricators and contractors

Dvele provides modern, modular homes at an array of price points, all with high standards of quality, resilience, and efficiency. For instance, windows maximize energy efficiency and sound insulation. And advanced air filtration is protected by microscreens in eave air vents to block wildfire embers. The larger Shaughnessy models, pictured, start at $265 per square foot.

Toronto-based studio Altius Architecture has completed the Cliff House project in 2009. The 3,200 square foot cottage is located in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada. Designed for an off-grid property, this house is covered by a green roof, an is equipped with photovoltaic panels and a hybrid wood/solar radiant heating system. Living lightly on the site was important to the owners due to their strong mandate for sustainability. As a retreat from urban life, the desire to become completely self sufficient and independent from external infrastructure became critical in the design of a completely off grid residence. A two tiered approach is implemented to take advantage of both passive strategies which work to reduce energy loads and augment comfort so that the active strategies are sufficient to provide for the remaining energy needs. Energy efficient design in this case is not divorced from the experiential qualities of the dwelling but is used to enhance the unification of building to the landscape for the pleasure of its owners.

House Addition is a stunning, homey residential project located in Ottawa, Canada. It was completed in early 2016 by architectural and interior design teams associated with Gordon Weima. Besides being pleasantly roomy for a city home, this house manages the perfect blend of coziness and contemporary.

Stanwood-based studio Designs Northwest Architects has completed the Thomas Eco-House project. This contemporary home sits on a on an 11 Acre site in the Cascade foothills in Stanwood, a city in Snohomish County, Washington, USA. The client showed an early interest in energy efficiency and sustainable low maintenance design. These goals guided the entire design process. The house uses insulated concrete form (ICF) construction which consists of two layers of rigid form insulation between which concrete is poured. The insulation remains in place on both the interior and exterior creating a very efficient and airtight wall system. ICF construction results in a 44% reduction of required heating energy and 33% reduction of required cooling energy when compared to a wood frame house of equal size. The ICF also allows for an easy application of stucco directly over the exterior insulation. This provides a durable long lasting and low maintenance finish.

In order to improve efficiency for heating and cooling, the house uses a geothermal heat pump tied in with a hydronic heating system. The system uses air from a subterranean chamber which uses the insulating properties of the earth to provide a more stable temperature for operating the heat pump. A geothermal heat pump can be up to 45% more efficient than a traditional heat pump which uses ambient air. The heat pump is tied in with a high efficiency boiler which supplies heated water through a piping system embedded in the concrete floor. This hydronic heating system uses an estimated 30% less energy than an equivalent forced air system. The house is also wired to receive solar panels and or wind turbine energy though these were not installed at this time due to budget constraints.

London-based studio SHH has designed this eco-friendly two story residence in the North of London.The 3,000 square foot home was designed for a couple and their two young children, and has won the International Design & Architecture Awards 2010 in the Eco House category.According to the architects: A new-build 1.1m house in North London for private clients, which seeks to go beyond the legal requirements for green and energy-saving technologies in new-build properties and to embody the best in stylish but eco-friendly contemporary housing solutions. These included solar panels to heat water; a geo-thermal heat pump with boreholes, which uses the natural underground earth temperature both to heat and cool the house; a rainwater harvesting system, which reuses water for irrigation and WC flushing; improved building fabric U-values; energy-efficient lighting and a cedar terrace deck with sedum planting around the perimeter. The brief for the scheme was to create the ideal family home for a couple (with two young children), who had always wanted to have a home built from scratch to answer their precise needs.

The W.I.N.D. House is a private residence designed by UN Studio.Completed in 2014, the home is located near the sea, in The Netherlands. Located on the outskirts of a Dutch village and close to the sea, the house is backed by a wooded area and fronted by an open expanse of polder landscape. The design of the house responds to both its setting and to the seasons. The more intimate working and sleeping areas are located towards the back, where the enclosure of the woods provides an intimate setting, while the living areas enjoy panoramic views of the polder landscape to the front.The elevated position of the open plan living areas enhances the views to the exterior. Each of the four facades, curve towards the inside to create four distinct petal-like wings. These curving recesses are visually connected to each other through their view lines, which cross at the heart of the building. The vertical organisation of the building follows a centrifugal split-level principle. An open staircase at the centre of the house connects the front and back wings.

Stealth House is located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Completed in 2015, it was designed by Teeland Architects. The land was situated high up on a ridge with undulating rainforest, creeks and waterfalls. The property faced east with panoramic views out to the pacific ocean. The public areas of the house, such as the kitchen, dining, living and entertaining open up towards the deck and pool with ocean views beyond. The bedrooms and bathrooms are more private with intimate views back into the rainforest and creek to the north. The other challenge was this area of the hinterland had high land slip hazard potential. The area of stable land was limited for us to site the house. At the front of the house the land falls away steeply. Rather than having a series of long poles to support the building, our approach was to cantilever out the front of the house with a steel structure that anchored back into stable rock. This had the wonderful effect of the house appearing to float above the landscape. From there the building was designed to follow the line of the natural topography. The walls and roof of the building fold with the ground so the building reads as an extension of the landscape.

House Savukvartsi is a residential project that was built and designed by the architectural and interiors firm Honkarakenne in 2014. Its strikingly gorgeous wooden interior is lightly stained and finished but still looks natural enough for the knots in the wood to show across the surface from top to bottom. The monochromatic effect of having a consistent finish also makes the house stand out on the street in a wonderfully subtle way that lets the windows really stand out. 041b061a72

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