Countdown: Top 10 Photo Galleries of 2015

 Countdown: Top 10 Photo Galleries of 2015

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there's the equivalent of an encyclopedia represented among the Top 10 Photo Galleries of 2015.

While not all of the photo galleries originated in 2015, they received significant traffic and social media attention to vault them into the Top 10 most viewed galleries for the year.

Here's a look back at what you viewed, starting with No. 10 and leading to the most popular photos of the year. To see each gallery, click on the headline link. We've included one photo from each gallery for your viewing pleasure.

10. Michigan's 1st Passive House wins Fine Homebuilding Award

A 2,440-square foot home in Holly, Michigan, is the first in the state to be certified under the German Passivhaus standard and has been named the best energy-smart home of 2014 by Fine Homebuilding magazine.

The house was designed by Matt O'Malia and Riley Pratt of GO Logic, a Belfast, Maine, architectural and construction firm, and built by Michael Klinger of Energy Wise Homes. The two-story, three-bedroom was completed in 2012 at a cost of $205 per square foot.

9. TightLines Designs Home Plans

TightLines Designs offers small home designs for BIG LIVING. Our small house plans deliver curb appeal, environmental sensitivity and livability in an efficient and affordable footprint.

8. Take a peek behind the walls of high performance Passive House designs

An exhibit in Portland will reveal the latest building science behind some of the highest performing Passive Homes in the country.

Noted green builder Hammer & Hand sponsored an exhibit of cutting-edge building practice, “Evolution of Enclosure: the Anatomy of Building Performance.”

The exhibit at AIA Portland will explore the building science that guides high performance assemblies, drawing on built Passive House and Zero Energy Building projects in Portland and Seattle designed by four leading NW architecture firms.

The exhibit included four full-scale wall assembly cross sections, a suite of building science illustrations, and an interactive set of high performance building animations will show how buildings can go from net consumers of energy to net producers to illustrate building as climate action.

Photo by Jeremy Bitterman.

7. Award winning houses feature net-zero Texas home

Check out some of the top homes that represent the best of American residential architecture.

Fine Homebuilding magazine announced the winners of its 2015 HOUSES Awards. Each year, Fine Homebuilding asks readers to submit what they believe are the best houses in North America; from these, editors choose six homes that embody the characteristics that Fine Homebuilding values most in residential architecture.

These homes are published in the annual HOUSES issue and celebrated through extended photo galleries and inspirational design videos on

The winners of the HOUSES Awards are chosen in six categories: Best New Home, Best Remodel, Best Small Home, Best Traditional Home, Best Energy-Smart Home, and Editor’s Choice. This year’s winners include a traditional home with a modern twist in Maine; a 239-year-old Pennsylvania fieldstone farmhouse; an iconic midcentury ranch in California; a zero-energy house in Texas Hill Country; a lakeside cabin in north Idaho; and an unpretentious but meticulously crafted residence on Washington’s Orcas Island.

Photos by Rob Yagid © 2015, The Taunton Press, Inc.

6. Proud Green Home of St Louis opens its doors

Hibbs Homes, a nationally renowned green construction company in St Louis hosted an open house celebrating the completion of their “Proud Green Home” construction project, located in the Wildwood area of St. Louis County, Missouri.

The high performance five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot Prairie-style home – built in partnership with Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, and the High Performance Buildings Research Center (part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia) – is the third high performance showcase home Hibbs Homes has built in the St. Louis area. It was constructed to provide the homeowners with better indoor air quality, lower energy costs, and better durability. This “Proud Green Home” will also educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green. It is the second high performance demonstration home created with support from

5. Modern design shapes award-winning high performance home

A high performance home that incorporates three of the top green building certifications generates more energy than it uses.

Designed by Holst Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand, the Karuna House exemplifies the role of high design in high performance home building. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the vineyards of Yamhill County, Oregon, the home is the first green building in the world to earn Passive House (PHIUS+), Minergie-P-ECO, and LEED for Homes Platinum certifications.

4. Tiny House design secrets to living large in a small space

The tiny house movement continues to gather steam as more people come to realize they can live a fulfilling life in a small home that's less resource intensive to build and operate.

Home designer Kim Lewis, who has designed many homes for FYI's Tiny House Nation and is the former lead designer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and now a regular contributor to Ply Gem's ProTalk blog, talked exclusively with about the tiny house trend and how it's reshaping residential design. She went from designing 4,000 square-foot homes on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to 180-square-foot homes on FYI's Tiny House Nation. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

3. NAHB IBS: Exhibits at the Show

A wide selection of products were available at the 2012 NAHB International Builders Show, with many offering energy-efficient and eco-friendly features.

2. New finishes replace stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel is waning in popularity, as appliance manufacturers are debuting new colors. Check out the latest white ice finish from Whirlpool and GE's new matte slate finish. Read the full article for more details.

1. Micro home uses reclaimed barnwood

This micro home uses reclaimed barnwood and a small footprint as a few of the many elements that make it sustainable and green. Read more about Megan Lea's Backyard House. Photo courtesy of Megan Lea.

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Energy Audits, Energy Star, Home Design & Plans, Interior Design, Kitchen, Passive House, Proud Green Home of St. Louis, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Trade Show

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