Five years ago, local architecture and urban-design firm Farr Associates was asked to solve the problem. The company built a 2,600-square-foot house that is now “very, very close” to generating all of its own power, architect Jonathan Boyer says. The owners and designers continue to tweak the tech, and he’s expecting net-zero energy use in the next year-end report. — Wired Magazine
Wired Magazine in a collaborative partnership with Architectural Digest explores the Windy City’s first, (almost) net-zero-energy home. The home employs a butterfly roof and other smart design ideas to help it unplug from the grid.
This lovely underground home is slated to be the first zero-carbon home in the North West of England. Designed by Make Architects, this 4-bedroom oasis leaves the views of nature in tact above the ground while creating spaces filled with light and space below the ground plane. — michellekaufmann.com
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