The top 10 in Green Architecture for 2015 : TreeHugger

It’s fun to see such a mix in this category, and there are some that probably shouldn’t even be here; #10 should probably be in prefab and #1 in tiny houses. But It doesn’t matter, they cover such a range of types and what a geographic range, coming from Canada, the USA, Indonesia, Australia and Switzerland.

10 Prefab Australian home produces more energy than it uses

ArchiBlox© ArchiBlox
Everything is upside down in Australia; what we call carbon negative or net zero, they call carbon positive. I think they are probably right, it sounds better. This probably should have been in our earlier The top 10 shipping container, prefab and modular homes of 2015 but was put in the Green Architecture category so here it is. More in TreeHugger

9. Another vertical forest being built by Stefano Boeri in Lausanne, Switzerland

La Tour des Cedres© La Tour des Cedres via Dezeen
People get mad at me for being a skeptic about these buildings covered in trees. They ask “Can there just be one Treehugger post that doesn’t have a negative tone?” So in this one I am relentlessly positive. After all, this is called TreeHugger.More in TreeHugger

8. Stunning modern house is made from straw bale

front of house© Nicolas Koff
Really, it doesn’t look like your usual straw bale house. More in TreeHugger

7. Andrew Maynard blurs the line between inside and outside

looking toward rear© Peter Bennetts
I just love this guy, still my favorite architect doing great work with style, sustainability and humor. See also: What is sustainable design? A look at how Australian architect Andrew Maynard does it.
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6. Green roofs, living walls and vertical farms are all morphing into living green buildings

Espace Bienvenüe© Sergio Grazia via Designboom
There used to be green roofs, then living walls, and then vertical farms. In fact, they are all becoming one and the architecture is changing to adapt.
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5. Everything I ever knew or said about green sustainable design was probably wrong

passive solar is deadGreen Building Advisor/via
The world has changed, and so has the way we do green building. “We were here in the late 1970s when ‘mass and glass’ took on ‘superinsulated.’ Superinsulated won.” More in TreeHugger

4. Meet the woman building stunning sustainable homes from bamboo

Ibuku bamboo building© Ibuku

Bamboo has the compressive strength of concrete, the same strength-to-weight ratio of steel, and can regenerate itself in just a few short years. It’s also flexible, beautiful, and resilient, and serves as an effective carbon sequestration channel. We should use more of it. More in TreeHugger

3 Here’s the dirt on a prefabricated plastic earth sheltered home design you can buy off the shelf

community earth sheltered homes© Green Magic Homes
No, this isn’t Hobbiton or a scene from Teletubbies. It’s a rendering of a community of earth-sheltered houses built from a new prefab building system. More in TreeHugger

2 On decluttering, downsizing and surviving a green renovation

Front of house photoLloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

My downsizing, KonMari-ing and renovating of our house in Toronto. More in TreeHugger

1 Friends’ four small modern cabins sit on shared land

Matt Garcia Design© Matt Garcia Design

This is lovely, and the most popular green architecture post of the year, four small cabins, along with a common kitchen and dining space, and a guesthouse. Nicely done.

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