More stories about Net-Zero Energy

  • big and green

    green building is booming, but until homeowners are ready to embrace the less-is-more attitude can big and green peacefully coexist?

  • random harvest

    After several years of tentative steps, national green building programs are making strides toward getting their residential guidelines—and their delivery systems—up and running. Just finishing up is the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes pilot project, a year-and-a-half-long experiment...

  • movable beast

    Toronto-based Sustain Design Studio first envisioned the miniHome as an off-the-grid house, but building code and zoning constraints ushered the firm in a different direction.

  • reinvention redux

    At residential architect magazine's most recent conference, "Reinvention 2005: Greening the American House," attendees gathered by region to brainstorm the challenges and opportunities facing architects who wish to design more sustainably.

  • main course

    Brad Burke wants to lead by example, so he designed his home with sustainability firmly in mind. Located on a three-acre site outside San Diego, the house produces more energy than it consumes, and it has as much outdoor living space as interior room.

  • change agent

    Chapin knows that the loose edges of towns, with their mind-numbing mazes of streets, cannot be improved simply by sending out talented architects. Innovative solutions must come from better planning.

  • change of heart

    As a young architect a few years out of Notre Dame in the late 1960s, John Torti, FAIA, had an awakening. "I was working at a boutique firm in the Midwest, idealistic and starving, and realized you couldn't make money doing the kind of architecture you dream about in school," he says. "I bundled up...