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RavenWindow: Natural Energy Management

RavenWindow smart glass windows respond daily to changing climactic conditions. During summer’s high temps, they darken to automatically reduce heat, glare, and unwanted solar heat gain. In winter, they let a maximum amount of light and warmth in. RavenWindow can also be customized to meet the needs of a climate zone.

Crossway Passive House: An Unbelievable “Eco-Arch” in the Countryside

Architect Richard Hawkes of Hawkes Architecture, renowned for his sustainable designs, built his family home in the English countryside using Passivhaus (passive house) techniques. The iconic feature of this pioneering house is a scarily thin soaring arched roof. Watch this video to see inside and learn more about this magnificent home.

Tour a 4,000 Square-Foot Passive House Near Ottawa

In this video, we meet Casey & Natasha, a conscious couple who built a passive solar home near Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to orienting their house to face south, they installed overhangs that block the sun to keep it cool during summer months and allow the sun to enter and heat the house during winter months. They also installed a 10 kW solar system that sells clean electricity back to the grid.

Tah.Mah.Lah: The Environmentally Regenerative Home

Every aspect of the creation of this house is intended to have a minimal environmental impact and hopes to have a restorative effect, while still providing an environment appropriate for the family and the broader community.

Nest Learning Thermostat for Energy Efficiency

Meet the 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s slimmer and sleeker with a bigger, sharper display. And it saves energy. That’s the most beautiful part. Watch this quick video to learn how brilliant this home automation tool is.

The Secret of Building Super Energy-Efficient Net-Zero Homes

What's a net-zero home? It's a home that will generate as much energy as it consumes in the course of a year. They’ve been around for less than 10 years, but these buildings and the thinking behind them are taking North America by storm. In the following video,...

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