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Energy Efficiency, Sustainable And Low Maintenance: Thomas Eco-House

Energy Efficiency, Sustainable And Low Maintenance: Thomas Eco-House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designs Northwest Architects designed the Thomas Eco-House project- resting on an 11 acre site in the Cascade foothills of Stanwood, the four-story high modern residence overlooks Mt. Rainier and Everett City to the South, while being surrounded by fresh air from wooded hills and native vegetation. The contemporary design is defined by energy efficiency and sustainable low maintenance features. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) – “two layers of rigid form insulation between which concrete is poured” – shaping the residential structure ensure a good thermal and acoustic insulation, while the extensive use of glass captured in between the long lasting and low maintenance stucco-finished walls allow the owners to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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Elegant and Energy Efficient: The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec

Elegant and Energy Efficient: The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the picturesque region of Cap-à-l’Aigle in the heart of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, the The Malbaie V residence was Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and displays an inspiring design. The exterior is defined by simple geometrical volumes wrapped in wood and a green roof that insulates the building.

From the architects: “On the ground floor, the sequence from the entrance to the main room allows for discovery through large continuous open plan absent of any apparent structure. An abundance of openings from east to west, the result of a perfect combination of solar motion, orientation and views sought, provides permanent natural light as well as optimal energy efficiency. The lower level accommodates four bedrooms and two full bathrooms arranged in a linear way following a clear axis perpendicular to the main volume above allowing for each room to get a view. The simplicity of the materials used, types of natural wood for the floor and ceiling accentuates the dramatic perspective of the main corridor”.

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Gord Lee's curator insight, October 9, 2015 7:27 AM

        I'm starting to see a future demand for renewable technicians in residential construction especially with a home like this one where it takes a specialised person to install all the high tech equipment. If the engineers want to sit at a desk all day and make big bucks someone has to coordinate all the trades and ensure all the systems are installed at the right time and commission the whole building automation system. This sounds alot like a general contractor or project manager but there is way too many intricate systems to rely on a "general" contractor to do the job and too much time on the construction site for the amount a project manager gets paid.  The quickly changing innovative home designs in the coming years will evolve and there will be demand for well trained technician to oversee the construction of smart homes. 

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Stealthy Stepping-Stone Home Hovers over Rocky Terrain

Stealthy Stepping-Stone Home Hovers over Rocky Terrain | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brought to you by Olson Kundig Architects, fans of their work will recognize the metal, glass and concrete detailing – combined with an unusual attention to natural Seattle-area surroundings.

This rectilinear home works with its environment not through an organic shape but through a series of beautiful and tactical responses to the natural rock formations and greenery of the San Juan Islands...

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Volumes Shaping a Linear Floor Plan: Alnwick Road House

Volumes Shaping a Linear Floor Plan: Alnwick Road House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on Alnwick Road in Singapore, this residence borrowed its name from the location – the Alnwick Road House, by architect team Park + Associates. They constructed the 4,628 square foot residence as a linear floor plan, allowing light and cross-ventilation to penetrate deep into the living spaces and adjust the brightness and temperature. Boxed functions were arranged to shape a larger volume that shelters all the spaces necessary for a comfortable, modern living style. The beautiful mixture of materials – black-powder-coated aluminum and black mild-steel casting – shape an elegant, contemporary architecture, while the extensive use of glass helps flood the interiors with natural light and offers views of the surroundings.

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Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne

Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Base Camp Chewton Residence is a project developed by Melbourne-based studio Insite Design and is located in central Victoria, Australia on a site defined by rolling hills, eucalyptus forests and rocky outcrops.

 

 The elongated shape of the compact, multi-functional home maximizes solar control and is just one in a series of environmental ideas applied to this residence. According to the architects,”The interior incorporates large wide views of nature, as well as close up landscape porthole punctuations in solid walls. These frames provide particular views of the landscape in time, allowing occupants to consciously experience the bush at different moments of day, season or weather condition. It is a space to hear the rain on roof, birds in trees, and to see stars at night”.

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High Performance | Modern House Architect

High Performance | Modern House Architect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This high performance home features a super-insulated building envelope, ground (geothermal) source heat pump, and 11.7KW of solar energy on the roof. The geothermal system, coupled with radiant heating and central air, will supply the home’s heating and cooling needs throughout the year. A heat recovery ventilator provides fresh air throughout the year while exchanging heat between the incoming and outgoing air steams, minimizing the energy penalty of fresh air ventilation.

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South Yarra House by LSA Architects

South Yarra House by LSA Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A broad mix of architectural styles characterizes this densely populated South Yarra street, and narrow buildings sit tightly along the one-way street.

The project aimed to make a statement within the eclectic streetscape, with light-filled spacious internal spaces maintaining strong connections to the exterior of the building and the home’s multiple courtyards, blurring internal/external boundaries.

Abundant natural light coupled with the installation of electricity-generating solar panels (which also supply electricity back to the grid) serves to reduce the home’s energy consumption, and double glazed windows and fully insulated walls minimize heat loss and gain.

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Carraig Ridge Passive House designed to last 300 years

Carraig Ridge Passive House designed to last 300 years | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Carraig Ridge Passive House is an innovative home designed for those who really want to get away from it all; additionally, the energy self-sufficient prototype has been designed with a potential 300-year, cradle-to-cradle lifespan.

The project is the vision of architects Les Eerkes and Steven Rainville in association with Tom Kundig and Olson Kundig Architects. The prototype calls for nine homes to be developed in a cluster of 3 to 5 acre lots, with the intent that the development of a small portion of the property will partially fund the creation of a 4,000-acre Canadian nature reserve.

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168 Ellis Park: earth-sheltered home

168 Ellis Park: earth-sheltered home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This contemporary piece of architecture was conceived as an ecological family home.

Constructed on an overgrown infill site in Toronto’s vibrant Bloor West Village neighborhood, the Ellis Park House is earth sheltered into a sloped hillside with exceptional green features and fantastic views...

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Residence and Artist's Studio Connected by Glass Bridge

Residence and Artist's Studio Connected by Glass Bridge | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Mexican studio M + N Arquitectos, this modern 262 square meter structure is part residential, part studio. Connected by a glass bridge, the two volumes of the house were created for two artists. Located in Puebla, Mexico, the brick and concrete house has a rectangular prism shape, created using carefully chosen materials: “The idea evolved into highlighting an architectural plan while visually differentiating various modules made with like materials where each one has its own distinct goal or intention depending on options in relation to temperature, acoustics, or the distinctive qualities of any given living space.”

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Unique, sustainable project: ATM by Niizeki Studio

Unique, sustainable project: ATM by Niizeki Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This enigmatic building called “ATM” and it is a multi-level residence located on top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The author of this stunning project is architectural practice Niizeki Studio which is based in Tokyo.

The designers wants to save the natural form of the landscape, so they insert the structure into the land without big changes. They successfully create a symbiotic space between nature and its inhabitants...

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Containers Of Hope: A Sustainable Home – Urban Times

Containers Of Hope: A Sustainable Home – Urban Times | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The reusing of waste materials to build homes is one sustainable approach to conserving the world’s natural materials.

While we have seen eco-friendly homes utilize materials such as wood or plastic, the use of discarded metal containers may strike as somewhat of a foreign concept. Yet, for architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, this was a completely workable piece of building material for his housing project, aptly titled ‘Containers of Hope’.

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 16, 2013 12:01 PM

These days its all about going "Green" and saving the planet and as many of us might think that switching off our geyser is enough there is actually so much more we can do. Generally we would expect a house made of waste materials to look something much like a shack however this concept of designing and building houses with waste and natural materials could just change the way we design houses in the near future.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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An Architect Applies Simple Solutions to a Green House

An Architect Applies Simple Solutions to a Green House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Low-tech sustainable solutions help a St. Peters, Minn., home achieve LEED Gold.

Architect Sarah Nettleton, AIA, LEED AP, believes in the simple approach to life and to solving problems. In her view, whiz-bang technology is no substitute for common-sense techniques that promote energy efficiency. This is why the principal of Sarah Nettleton Architects first explores tried-and-true sustainable solutions that often are free but always effective. “Simple can be sustainable,” she says.

Nettleton applied this line of thinking as her firm designed this LEED Gold custom home overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in St. Peter.

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Eco-Sustainable House by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Eco-Sustainable House by Djuric Tardio Architectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The new project proposes a design process and construction system allowing for prefabrication and modular design...

Completely built in wood panels placed on a pedestal, the house is prefabricated in a workshop and delivered to the site to be assembled in just two weeks. The pre-cut Finnish wood panels come from sustainably managed cooperatives of small private forest owners, and they arrived at the site almost finished, reducing pollution to a minimum (as the site is located in a dense suburb).

The double-glazed windows of the patios and South façades, deliberately oversized,  capture the sun in winter and are sheltered in summer. This allows, together with their performance and surface, control of the solar gain and air flow without the intensive use of air conditioning or heating.

The recovery of rainwater can water the garden and planters allow homeowners to cultivate aromatic plants and garden without water over-consumption.

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Lakeside Retreat | Peter Gluck and Partners

Lakeside Retreat | Peter Gluck and Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architect Peter Gluck and his architect-led design build firm ARCS have created a sustainable family compound in the Adirondacks using concrete geometrical forms buried into the earth.

Conceptually and programmatically, the two buried buildings—a family house and a recreation building with an interior courtyard, amphitheater, gallery, and indoor pool—are essential pieces of a compound on a steeply sloped 21-acre site. The entire grouping, with two guest houses and abundant walking trails, and culminating in a 2,200-square-foot boathouse and dock, fulfills the same purpose as the nearby Adirondack great camps that cropped up in the mid- to late 19th century.

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The Avenue House by Neil Architecture

The Avenue House by Neil Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Australian firm Neil Architecture's Melbourne project The Avenue consisted of designing two houses for its clients: one to keep, and one to sell.

The site is located on an established suburban street, where there was a mandate to protect existing vegetation. For this reason, the houses weave around the the original landscape features and interlock with each other with the use of a wall. The exterior is clad with vertical shiplap timber (a type of inexpensive wooden board) and cement with a velvet finish.

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