The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design, a National Building Museum exhibition since 2006, will be on display at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Va., from September 10 through November 29. According to lead curator Donald Albrecht, The Green House explores the field of green residential design and illustrates that environmental priorities are compatible with high aesthetic standards.

The exhibition features four sections:

  • Contemporary Green Houses—images and architectural models of 21 projects from around the world by architects and firms such as Peter Carmichael; Werner Sobek Ingenieure; Cook+Fox Architects; Rick Joy Architects; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP; William McDonough + Partners; and others.
  • Five Principles of Sustainability—advocates greener living and design and identifies five concepts visitors should consider in their own homes: optimizing use of the sun, improving indoor air quality, creating high-performance and moisture-resistant houses, using the land wisely, and using natural materials.
  • Materials Room—showcases a selection of green interior finishes, several wall sections to show sustainable construction methods and building materials, and interactive computer programs about sustainable products.
  • Summations—revisits the five principles of sustainability and offers a video tour of architect Michelle Kaufmann's Glidehouse, as well as several other videos.

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