Artist Richard Brothers's Orcas Island, Washington home features numerous solar panels, a wood stove, and a panorama of the surrounding sylvan hills and ocean.
Along with its decidely green gadgets—a cistern that harvests rainwater, LED bulbs, solar panels, passive cooling—this home off the coast of El Salvador was designed to interact with the local landscape. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls and outdoor terraces give the allusion of living directly in the nearby wilderness.
We can't decide what's more inspiring about this Stinson Beach abode: its location next to a lagoon brimming with wildlife, or its photovoltaic electrical system that is productive enough to give surplus power back to the community.
Sitting on a 180-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Casa Quatro in Tunquen, Chile was built on stilts to minimize the disturbance of its natural landscape and features a wind-powered well and a heat-absorbing thermal-mass wall.
Accessible only by boat, and drawing most of its water from a streamwater-collection system, this cabin on an island outside of Vancouver hovers over Howe Sound like a ship's prow.
This vacation home tucked inside Emigration Canyon in Utah became the state's first LEED-certified home and puts gorgeous vistas on center stage.
Perched on a postglacial archipelago in Canada's Georgian Bay, this vacation home is designed to interact with its remote setting, featuring solar panels, a graywater system, and an angled roof-line that deflects incoming winds.