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Attuned to Nature... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Endesa Pavilion is a progressive prototype that explores the potential of replicating natural processes via digital coding to accomplish accurate and desired results.

With a multitude of workshops, news bulletins, symposiums, et all propounding the intelligent use of natural resources world over, there are several diligent minds painstakingly ticking on actually accomplishing the needful. The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) with a ‘projects’ division headed by architect Rodrigo Rubio has created a research prototype of a new self-sufficient solar-optimized prefabricated skin system...

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Casa Solare by Studio Albori

Casa Solare by Studio Albori | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Albori architecture studio, Emanuele Almagioni, Giacomo Borella and Francesca Riva, designed “Casa Solare” perched 1750 m above sea level in the village of Vens, Val d'Aosta. The use of locally sourced, untreated larch to build this striking retreat has connected it with its surroundings and allowed its roots to spread. This wood will change colour in time, so the home will blend into the mountain landscape even further.

Casa Solare owes its name to the master of the house - solar energy , which is used in a number of ways: it is directly collected through the windows situated on the southern façade, released more slowly by the minerals in the PCM (Phase Change Material) panes integrated into the façade, then turned into power by the photovoltaic panels on the roof...

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one of many applications of PCM. Phase changing material is an efficient way to consume energy.

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Rosalie Residence: A Sustainable Modern Home in Australia

Rosalie Residence: A Sustainable Modern Home in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wrapped in zinc cladding and rising up three levels, the modern Rosalie Residence takes advantage of a hillside location in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The environmentally-friendly five-bedroom home was envisioned by Richard Kirk Architects.

The exterior is given an original touch with the help of operable timber screens and venetian blinds, which ensure both sun-shading and privacy. The inner structure and use of materials is briefly characterized by the architects as follows: “The planning of the house is organized to address the views towards the city on the North-East and Mt Coot-tha on the South-West. The resulting building footprint provides private courtyards and landscaped terraces adjacent to the main living spaces.

The interior is an ensemble of Red Mahogany timber flooring and Jarrah timber paneling on backdrop of white plaster walls and white-set ceilings”. Sustainable features of the residence include solar hot water, in-ground rainwater storage for landscape irrigation and low energy lighting...

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Andrew Maynard Renovates a Modern Melbourne Home With a Giant Grassy Hill!

Andrew Maynard Renovates a Modern Melbourne Home With a Giant Grassy Hill! | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Hill House, located in Melbourne's northern suburbs, has received a playful and dynamic makeover by Andrew Maynard Architects.

The extension, which was added over 10 years ago, had created a dark inside area. So to bring more light into the space, the architects made an upgrade that would maximize the use of the south-facing backyard. The structure now finds itself fully-integrated with the landscaped outdoor space and flooded with light, and the backyard has become a central feature to the building with plenty of space for play and relaxation...

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PH-1 Modern and Green Prefab Home by Place Architects

PH-1 Modern and Green Prefab Home by Place Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

PLACE houses provides smart, affordable, and green prefab homes to the Puget Sound marketplace and beyond. Prefab not only describes the construction method but the process as all decisions are made upfront. Pick a model and finish package and six months later move into your new home!

The first of the PLACE houses completed, PH-1 is an expanded PH Large with an additional Accessory building featuring parking for two and office space above. Built for a busy family of five plus dogs, the stock design was adapted to create a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath open plan home that’s stylish, durable, colorful and fun.

Solar domestic hot water supplements household systems and entirely heats the backyard lap pool; green construction saves money and resources, and the house is always filled with natural light, fresh air, views – and friends and family. Modular construction will allow 70% of the home to be factory built allowing for quicker project timelines and price points roughly 10% less than when our houses were “kit” homes...

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Sustainable Residence in Germany: The Minimum House

Sustainable Residence in Germany: The Minimum House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Minimum House was designed by studio Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten and is located in Klausdorf, Germany. The 1,615 square foot contemporary home, structured on two levels, is a prototype for a serial holiday residence. According to the architects, the project is offered under the label “minimumhouse” , all furniture and fittings included: “The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building. The reflections of glass and light make the three-side glassed building shells appear immaterial. The team consisting of architects, engineers, building physicists and executing companies developed a modular building concept, that allows a contemporary open-plan living with high ecological and economic standards“. Some of the sustainable features of this home include a solar system placed on the extensively vegetated flat roof, a soil sensor, ceiling-mounted radiation heating and controlled ventilation.

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Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture

Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Greenhalgh House is a sustainable home designed by CCS Architecture , located in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California. This is a second home for the owner, who wanted efficiency in performance, regarding the needs of a retreat home.

This eco construction adopted rustic modern design using cedar materials. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. To provide maximum view of Sierra Nevada mountains, all of the main rooms are faced to the south, with cross ventilation provided by the operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home. Concrete materials used partially at the first floor act as thermal mass storage to maintain the room temperature.

This green architecture building is completed by 600 sq ft of photovoltaic panels provided at the roof, facing south. During the days when the house is not in use, electricity is produced and stored to be used on peak days when in use. There is also thermal hot water system located at the roof. Radiant floor heating is powered by the hot water provided by hot water heater powered by the PV. The hot/cool air trapped between the roof and and panels can be used also as additional heating/cooling...

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Going Antiquing: A guest house features salvage at many scales

Going Antiquing: A guest house features salvage at many scales | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Among the old barns lining the road in the Santa Ynez hills near Santa Barbara, California, a guest house adapted from a century-old structure by Carver + Schicketanz Architects seems to fit right in. Come nighttime it stands out like a lantern: The Carmel, California–based architects clad the rehabilitated barn in a translucent structural composite that transmits natural illumination, as well as light from within...

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West 21st House by Frits de Vries

West 21st House by Frits de Vries | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This 3070 sq ft single family residence with detached garage is located on a 42 ft wide lot in Vancouver. The Dunbar Residence explores the potential for diversity of spatial experience in a home with a flexible plan that accommodates changes in everyday family life. In response to the owners‘ love of nature, interior-exterior relationships are established with outdoor patios and gardens at all levels. Spatially, light is used to define scale and intimacy within the home.

Designed and oriented for passive solar, the project also employs ultra high efficiency windows, solar hot water heating and a high performance heating / cooling system, including heat recovery that allow the home to operate with low energy consumption. The careful selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting also reduce energy and water consumption. Interior elements, such as flooring and millwork, include recycled materials and low/no emission finishes. Planters on the roof reduce heat reflectance and rainwater runoff. Landscape design makes use of native, drought tolerant plant species and reclaimed stone.

The home was built by Natural Balance Home Builders Inc., a construction company that specializes in green building.

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Luci Dee's curator insight, August 25, 2013 5:55 PM

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Montrose Duplex: Sustainable Architecture by WTARCH

Montrose Duplex: Sustainable Architecture by WTARCH | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

To realize the need of having sustainable green house, the architect added a new 484 sq ft loft unit above the garage building. This was built around and above the existing tree on the lot, providing a twisting structure that may maximize the sun light capture for natural lighting. A giant window at the top level support the natural lighting and view access.

Some strategies were implemented to achieve high sustainability. Alternative energy used is solar, with a series of roof panels, and rainwater collection is provided.

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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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Cascading Creek House By Bercy Chen Studio

Cascading Creek House By Bercy Chen Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Built in the Texas Hill Country, the Cascading Creek House, designed by the Bercy Chen Studio, combines sustainability with modern technology and design.

The house was built with the landscape in mind and uses two long limestone walls — native to the area — that serve as the “spines” of the separate living wings. The public and private wings cantilever from a single column to allow for maximum daylight and views to the pool and grounds.

The house incorporates multiple methods to make it green including the roof collected rainwater, solar energy through photovoltaic and hot water panels, and a comprehensive climate conditioning system.

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Sustainable Home Renovation Overlooking The Vineyards of Sonoma, California

Sustainable Home Renovation Overlooking The Vineyards of Sonoma, California | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Sonoma Residence was designed by New-York-based Cooper Joseph Studio and is a beautiful hillside building overlooking the vineyards of Sonoma, California.
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A Modern Farmhouse In Rural Germany

A Modern Farmhouse In Rural Germany | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Set in the picturesque rural landscape of Langenargen, Germany, this modern farmhouse shelters family life surrounded by a blooming orchard.

Designed by k_m architektur, the contemporary structure was built with the surrounding farmstead in mind. Generous overhangs shelter the expansive glazing of this elongated floor plan, covering the east, west and south facade. Interior living spaces are permanently exposed to natural sunlight coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Shaded by light curtains, the living room, dining and kitchen share the same space, interacting to create a living area exposed to outdoor panoramas.

A photovoltaic system mounted on the flat roof helps reduce the energy costs, while the heating pipeline in the farm building takes on the rest of the energy demands. Slightly raised from the ground, the house appears to be floating, while the extensive use of wood defines both the interiors and the exteriory. There was no need for a second story, as the main spaces were cleverly compacted to shape the necessary living conditions adorned with modern details...

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Compare this house to the modern homes being built in the US.

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A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones

A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In a minimalist house that still manages to be warm and welcoming, a couple eases the eternal argument over the thermostat.

 

In 2005, Max Strang's father was hoping to build the kind of eco-friendly house he had always dreamed of, he said. But he also “wanted his wife to have a comfortable place.”

To her, that meant a modern single-story home that was big enough for plenty of family and friends. In other words, it had to have at least four bedrooms and a 1,000-square-foot kitchen.

With Max as their architect, the couple split the responsibilities for the project according to what they cared about most. “Sheryll was in charge of the aesthetic,” the older Mr. Strang said. “And I was in charge of the systems.”

Together, the three created a 4,200-square-foot home in Winter Haven that is as sleek as it is green. (But not cheap: completed earlier this year, it cost $1.6 million.)

 

The roof, for example, is green in three ways: it is insulated with Icynene, a spray foam more efficient than fiberglass batting; it is covered with thermoplastic polyolefin, a membrane that reduces heat absorption; and it contains two solar systems, one that feeds directly into the electric grid to offset the energy consumed by the home and another that heats the water in the pool.

Inside, green amenities include a geothermal system that makes air-conditioning more efficient; floors that are eco-friendly concrete; and an on-demand system heats water only when needed.

The house is minimalist, but warm and welcoming...

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Bach on Sleds: a sustainable New Zealand retreat

Bach on Sleds: a sustainable New Zealand retreat | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
On the shore of an idyllic white sandy beach on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula rests an elegant hut. The site lies within the coastal erosion zone, where all building must be removable. This is taken literally and the hut is designed on two thick wooden sleds for movement back up the site or across the beach and onto a barge.

The hut is a series of simple design moves. The aesthetic is natural and reminiscent of a beach artifact/perhaps a surf-life-saving or observation tower.

The two storey shutter on the front facade winches open to form an awning, shading the interior from summer sun while allowing winter sun to enter.

The hut is totally sustainable from its modest size to the use of timber in its cladding, structure, lining and joinery and from its worm tank waste system to the separate potable grey water tanks.

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Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery by Christensen & Co. Architects

Solhuset Climate-Friendly Nursery by Christensen & Co. Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Designed by Christensen & Co. Architects for kindergarten age and younger, this solar-powered, net-positive energy building is sited on a triangular lot in Copenhagen's bedroom community of Hoersholm.

The roof's design was ideal for mounting the photovoltaic and solar thermal panels, which are positioned to capture the most light possible. With 2,691 square feet of PV panels, "the building produces 0.75 kWh per square foot more than it consumes each year," according to Treldal, exporting energy during the eight months of the year with the most sunlight, and importing it during the four months of shorter days. A green roof of sedum is interspersed among the panels, cooling the building, the panels, and controlling storm-water runoff. High-performance wood, compressed to ensure hardness, clads the exterior...

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Programmer Creates DIY Solar, Off-Grid Home

Programmer Creates DIY Solar, Off-Grid  Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

"It was a place to come and pretend to be hippies on the weekend."

That's how programming pioneer Loren Amelang explains his back country California property, where he originally built a tiny cabin inside a sheep barn as a country retreat. But when it came to building a larger, more permanent abode—he created a rather wonderful, off-grid structure that looks like it is straight out of a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-style movie. It uses passive and active solar power for electricity, hot water and even some space heating needs, with the rest of the heat being provided through sustainably harvested local fire wood...

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A++ Architects Design Sustainable Modular Lightweight Houses for Malaysia

A++ Architects Design Sustainable Modular Lightweight Houses for Malaysia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A++ has designed a new set of 50 Sustainable Modular Lightweigth (SML) houses for a project located in the city of Melaka in the south-west of Malaysia.

The project maintains a light ecological footprint by employing a variety of green building strategies and systems – including an on-site river filtrating system. The homes are also designed to mitigate the region’s strong rain and intense sun with roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems and hydroelectric generators. Bamboo facing is used on the front facades of the homes in order to provide natural ventilation, and the structures are made of Profil Haus steel for quick assembly. Natural fibers are used for thermal and acoustic insulation. The result is a residential complex that is sustainable both economically and socially. The project is in its development stage and has already gained international recognition and awards.

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Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal by Checkwitch Poiron Architects

Nanaimo Cruise Ship Terminal by Checkwitch Poiron Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new 13,700 sf terminal building, this signature facility set a new standard for buildings in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Situated on the edge of the Assembly Wharf, it contains a large welcome centre/multi-purpose hall, facilities for the Canadian Border Services Agency & offices for the Nanaimo Port Authority.

This building site was formerly used for the processing and storage of the wood products that were the lifeblood for the region. A connection is made to the past by employing a variety of wood products including large curved glulam columns and beams, interior and exterior wood screens, and stratified timber panels. These materials echo the region’s rich natural resource and make the main hall reminiscent of a giant ship’s hull. Large glass walls open up the hall to panoramic views of the Nanaimo harbour.

The building employs as a passive solar scheme, where sunlight enters through the extensive glazing, warms the stone floor and heat is slowly released and circulated before exiting through louvers at the top of the building...

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Apple to build America's largest private solar farm

Apple to build America's largest private solar farm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Apple plans to build to America's largest privately owned solar facility, according to the company's 2012 facilities report.

Improvements to the massive data center in Maiden, N.C., which was commissioned by Apple in 2011, will include the 100 acre solar farm, green building design and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...

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Drew House by Simon Laws

Drew House by Simon Laws | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This holiday house aims to create a kind of luxury campsite amongst mature Bloodwoods and Cabbage Palms near the ocean at, Seventeen Seventy, a town just south of Gladstone and the most northerly surf break on the east Australian coast.

Living and sleeping pods along with a bath house were built in Brisbane, close to construction services and transported the 500km to site fully completed. The prefabricated parabolic roofed structure and decks were erected onsite and connect the various pods through a large central outdoor living and dining area. Aramax roof sheeting free spans the two identical, but reversed, hardwood self-braced trusses.

Natural oiled timbers and other low-finished materials create a neutral environment that along with the dynamic indoor/outdoor spaces, allow the maximum enjoyment of the wonderful bushland setting and mild sub-tropical climate. Rainwater tanks, solar hot water and electrical panels and a passive energy efficient design make the house largely self sufficient.

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Anne Pals Bleeksma's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:16 AM

Goes a long way towards being totally cintextual. Not sure how local the naterials are but then again zero tolerance is not a good idea.

 

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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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Ty-Hedfan House In The Welsh Hills

Ty-Hedfan House In The Welsh Hills | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by London-based architectural studio Featherstone Young, this home is eco-friendly, with solar panels, heat pumps and water recycling. Guests enjoy a large living room floating over the river, two riverside decks, and a vast kitchen and dining area. Overlooking a valley river near the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, the comfortable contemporary vacation home allows for a range of possibilities to spend time in the environment.

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Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times

Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Frances Whitehead and James Elniski's house in Chicago was built using a number of green technologies.

"We're trying to come up with a picture of the future, and we think this is what it will look like," said Ms. Whitehead. "Not stylistically, but in terms of the complex systems that we will all undoubtedly use for the collection of water and the micro-generation of energy."

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