Honoring the natural beauty of Montauk, New York, the Pryors' beach house is an exercise in start-to-finish sustainability. Low-impact prefab construction minimized energy consumption during the building process; geothermal heating and cooling strategies will limit its carbon footprint in the long-term.
When your vacation house is located on one of the outermost inhabited islands on the eastern seaboard, an off-the-grid lifestyle isn't a matter of choice. The solar panels and on-demand water heater at this green Maine getaway are as much Earth-saving precautions as they are practical necessities.
The carport at this steel prefab outside Joshua Tree is outfitted with Solar World’s Sun Module photovoltaic panels. The residents say they've grown accustomed to paying very small electric bills.
Even by California's high sustainability standards, this hideaway in Sonoma is a model of efficiency. Thanks to a limited palette of wood, concrete, and metal; solar and radiant heating systems; and efficient construction methods, it surpasses state energy regulations by 15 percent.
A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive energy strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue at this Chilean beach house.
Known as the Sunrise House, this architect's retreat just north of San Diego basks in California's most celebrated element—sun. Solar panels on the roof power all of its modern conveniences, while wide glass windows bathe the interior in warm, natural light.
Prefab construction not only conserves time, energy, and resources, it also protects a home's immediate environment. In order to tread lightly on the shores of Washington's Strait of Juan de Fuca, architect Anthony Pellecchia had much of Villa Lucy fabricated off-site.