Clyde Mews eco-village champions sustainable housing alternatives in Melbourne

January 23, 2019 by  
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Melbourne recently became home to Clyde Mews , an inspiring “eco-village” that champions sustainable, community-focused living in close proximity to the city center. Created as an alternative to resource-intensive, car-centric developments, Clyde Mews features attractive, pedestrian-friendly design and energy-efficient housing. Designed by local architecture firm Six Degrees Architects for property development company Excelon Group, the eco-friendly development includes eight contemporary townhouses fitted out with sustainable elements — such as solar panels and water-efficient appliances — inside and out. Located in the center of Thornbury near a mix of services and amenities, Clyde Mews includes eight dwellings clustered around a shared green space with an urban garden and a  reclaimed timber boardwalk. As a medium-density development, the project consists of six double-story, family-centric townhouses and two apartment units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. In addition to the tight-knit community atmosphere, the design also stresses resident privacy through the careful consideration of layouts and window placements. Clyde Mews’ contemporary yet grounded appearance is achieved through a material palette consisting of recycled brickwork, black steel, stained glass, cyclone fences and sustainably harvested natural wood. All dwellings benefit from a 30,000-liter underground rainwater storage tank that collects and stores rooftop runoff for reuse in flushing toilets, filling washing machines and irrigating the communal garden. Each house is equipped with Canadian Solar photovoltaic solar panels as well as Fronius solar inverters. Related: Zaha Hadid unveils futuristic designs for “New Moscow” Inside, the Clyde Mews homes are outfitted with Aerotron ceiling fans, hydronic heaters and reverse-cycle air conditioners that work in tandem with passive design features to minimize energy use without compromising on comfort. Examples of passive heating and cooling include high thermal mass exposed concrete floors that absorb sunlight during the day and dissipate the heat at night; cross ventilation; an abundance of natural light through double-glazed windows; and a pitched roof design with operable roof vents to allow hot air to escape. Energy-efficient fixtures range from LED lightbulbs and high-star-rating V-ZUG or Miele appliances. + Six Degrees Architects Photography by Alice Hutchison via Six Degrees Architects

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Serene off-grid tiny home sits tucked away in a Hawaiian rainforest

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Tucked into a lush green rainforest in Volcano, Hawaii, this tiny home retreat has been designed to be a relaxing oasis for those wanting to immerse themselves into nature. The Hale Iki cottage which is just 240 square feet, runs completely off-grid thanks to four 354 watt solar panels and rain water collection system. Located just outside of Volcanoes National Park in a clearing in the rainforest, the tiny cottage offers everything needed for a serene stay in a natural setting. The home itself is surrounded by natural greenery filled with Ohio trees, hapu’u ferns, and lots of ti and hibiscus, and even has lava tubes on the property. While the tiny home is at just 240 square feet, the lovely cottage is quite compact, but the extra large front deck makes the living space nearly double in size. An open-air porch with plenty of seating and a gas grill, this is the prime spot to relax and take in the stunning views. Related: World’s most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid home—and you can stay overnight The rental home was designed to be completely off-grid. Solar panels generate sufficient power to run the home’s electricity needs. There is also a rainwater collection system installed on the roof that runs water into large water tanks. Although the home is completely off grid , that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of amenities. The interior of the home has been equipped with everything needed for a relaxing stay. A large kitchen with a solar refrigerator and other modern appliances provide everything needed to prepare home-cooked meals. The living room is filled with comfortable furnishings and a flat screen TV and the bedroom sleeps two comfortable in the queen-sized bed. Natural light floods the interior, but of course, the best natural light can be found just outside the front door. + Hale Iki Airbnb Via Tiny House Talk Images via Hale Iki

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