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Zero-Energy Portland Pad is Made From Scraps of an Old Home

In It's Not Easy Being Green, Curbed pulls back the curtain on cutting-edge, environmentally friendly design, from urban passive houses to green tweaks on suburban living. Have a suggestion for an upcoming column? Pass it along.

Instead of carting off various ruins left behind by the previous home that once stood proudly on this Portland, Ore., plot of land, local firm Nathan Good Architects instead salvaged the old pieces and used them to construct the Skyline Residence, a 4,200-square-foot family home built to generate as much solar energy on-site as the home annually consumes. Though it offers pretty much every last eco-friendly detail and Passive House could hope for—there are low-flow plumbing fixtures, storm-water management systems in place, and even a couple of jaunty green roofs—the three-story modern spread doesn't necessarily look like some built-from-Trader Joe's-bags boho palace. Instead, like a whole bunch of today's green homes, it offers a bevy of deluxe amenities that includes a game room, a personal gym, and a sunny, private wing of bedrooms. Take a look:

· Imposing Zero-Energy Family House in Oregon, USA: Skyline Residence [Freshome]
· All Its Not Easy Being Green posts [Curbed National]