Eco homes are gaining in number and significance. They can be old buildings that have been renovated to include environmentally-friendly features or brand new purpose-built houses. Eco homes can be pretty ordinary looking or somewhat fantastical. Let's take a look at some.
Amazingly rustic! Eco homes use environmentally-friendly materials inside and out. Here the floors are made from earth and sealed with linseed oil and beeswax.
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Ecological and friendly architecture can be absolutely stunning.
An earth-sheltered house in Wales, UK with a view of the coast.
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View the stars and the lush greenery that surrounds the grounds from your very own tree house.
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This stunning eco house is in Sun City, Latvia.
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If you're going to go eco-friendly, you can make it magnificent, I guess.
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Self-built by Nick Middleton on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
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You could have several micro homes in different locations and live between them all.
The C3 is a trailblazing modern prefab home that ushers in a new approach to city dwellings.
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This home is made from two corrugated grain silos!
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The current owners of this eco-home built this on the site of the house they had previously lived in for 15 years.
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The iconic mobile home gets a serious co makeover. The new Volkswagen Microbus is completely modern in its environmental consciousness. The new VW bus is a bio-diesel hybrid.
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Straw bales are a seriously eco-friendly construction material.
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Environmentally friendly houses like this mobile home remodel using papercrete and old tires is a great example of the possibilities in green construction.
At the confluence of rural farm land and native forest in an urban center, Tryon Living Community Farm demonstrates how sustainable living is achieved.
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Sunny Australia is the ideal place for solar powered homes.
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Could you live in a shipping container?
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This wooden home's pitched roof functions like a wind sail to make air flow in one direction and capture rainwater for storage.
Owned by Jeni Gray of the blog "Diary of the New Pioneer".
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This is the sort of house that always appears in Californian beach towns in the movies.
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A thoroughly modern house with Art Nouveau styling.
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Tiny self-sufficient house operates off-grid in any locale.
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If one shipping container is not big enough, pile a few together.
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Who wouldn't love an interior like this?
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Does a hobbit live here?
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This prefab in Arizona was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and uses solar panels and rainwater collection.
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An amazing home that connects with nature
I love cool eco-homes in huge cities.
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The term passive house refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
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Homes don't get much greener than 'That Roundhouse' built by Tony Wrench. Made of wood, a straw insulated turf roof and recycled materials, it relies on solar power and a wind turbine for electricity, and has a compost toilet.
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This prefab home is an experiment in all things efficient.
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It may be eco-friendly, but it isn't wallet friendly. This eco-house in Arundel, England would set you back £3.25 million ($5 million) - WOW!
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Who wouldn't mind coming home to this?
Really cool eco homes have living roofs.
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Looks darned good for a prototype.
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Cute and compact.
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Where the indoors really does meet the outdoors.
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Did you know there are companies that can build a pre-fab home with green materials and deliver it to your build site?
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Floating eco homes have a seriously reduced carbon footprint
Can you believe this amazing passive home in freezing Wisconsin uses less energy than a hair dryer?
Need a place to reconnect with nature? How about a low-impact tree house cabin?
I love the slate gray color - it's so calming.
The step by step building of an eco house - made with bottles, soda cans, old tires and cement.
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An American female architect built her dream home for $11k after going through a divorce and foreclosure.
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