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A Prefab Timber-framed Bioclimatic House by Tectoniques Architects

A Prefab Timber-framed Bioclimatic House by Tectoniques Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This "bioclimatic" house in France features a timber frame, larch and composite timber cladding, and a planted roof.

Lyon architects Tectoniques introduced a range of measures to maximise the environmental and thermal performance of the house -called Villa B - along a north-south axis, with plenty of glazing on the south facade helping with solar gain. The house is built using dry construction methods and features a prefabricated modular timber frame built on a concrete slab with larch cladding covering the exterior...

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, November 26, 2013 12:12 PM

This home is fantastic. I found the description of the details of the build informative and interesting, giving me insight into the thought process that determines interior and exterior materials, the biorclimactic approach and more. Awesome images of the interior and exterior.

 

Michel Bastian's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:50 AM

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Bioclimatic House in the Canary Islands, Spain

Bioclimatic House in the Canary Islands, Spain | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This bioclimatic house, by Estudio José Luis Rodríguez, is a self-sufficient structure integrated into the terrain of the Canary Islands, a landscape characterized by a continuous terracing of the extreme topography.


In response to this site, the design features a basalt stone wall that supports a light structure of plywood, galvanized steel walls and glass.

The building's orientation is determined by solar radiation; photovoltaic panels produce electricity, in order to achieve zero carbon emissions. The living area is connected to the outside with a space that is protected from sun and wind, while a wall located in the sleeping area to the north has a high thermal mass for passive temperature control.

The design also aims to reduce its ecological footprint on the use of materials and construction systems by using local materials (basalt wall insulation covered with volcanic lapilli, for example), environmentally certified materials and no harmful elements, such as VOC compounds in synthetic paints and varnishes.


View more images of this unique, contextural and contemporary green project at the link to ArchDaily's feature...

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The World’s Greatest Bioclimatic Architecture | This Big City

The World’s Greatest Bioclimatic Architecture | This Big City | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
For a building to be called ‘worldclass’, sustainability must be integral to the design. These four buildings draw on the local climate to maximise natural shelter, warmth, light and ventilation, conserving water and energy in the process.
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Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects

Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Mario Cucinella Architects have designed the ARPT headquarters in Algeria with a fin-like form referencing sand dunes and Mediterranean architecture.


The project is inspired by the Algerian desert landscape, where the dunes are manufactured by wind and sand. An institutional building as the new ARPT headquarters serves as the reference point within a neighborhood and a city where tradition and modernity merge each other to create new symbolic and cultural scenarios.

The desire to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture and, in particular, by the natural cooling techniques of the past, suggested an aerodynamic shape, convex on the North side to divert the hot winds, and concave on the South side to capture the cool breezes during the night, and thus to promote the natural ventilation of the building.

Form, energy and tradition are transformed then into a new building that will become a symbol of the development of Algeria.

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Beyond the Greenwash | Bioclimatic Architecture

Beyond the Greenwash | Bioclimatic Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In the building industry, greenwashing is a constant challenge.

 

World-renowned architect Ken Yeang explains that bioclimatic architecture is a way to practice green building in a way that cuts through the greenwash, representing truly environmentally responsible, sustainable design.

In an interview with CNN, Yeang cites nature as his ‘biggest source of inspiration’ and notes that he has taken well-developed design principles from the natural world for more than 30 years. The concept of bioclimatic architecture encourages the intermingling of natural and built spaces, with the latter taking the former into the highest consideration.

Yeang states decisions made at the design stage can drastically cut carbon and eliminate future environmental issues.
“If 80% of the impact is caused by design, you can anticipate the impact at that stage and you can reduce the impact from 80% to the minimum.”
The architect cites finding a balance between the built and the natural as a key to mastering bioclimatic design. By balancing natural components with the artificial in a built development, a large-scale building can be offset by the number of plants and natural vegetation included throughout...

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