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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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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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CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building

CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The University of British Columbia has opened the most sustainable building in North America, a $37-million “living laboratory” that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges.

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of only a handful of buildings worldwide that will provide “net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC’s carbon emissions, powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable and waste energy, creates drinking water from rain and treats wastewater onsite.

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