Australias first carbon-positive and zero-waste home is built of non-toxic materials

September 14, 2017 by  
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Australia’s first carbon positive and zero waste home to achieve a “10 Star” energy rating has popped up in Cape Paterson, Victoria. Designed in collaboration with Clare Cousin Architects , this impressive dwelling is one of the latest projects produced by The Sociable Weaver , an innovative design and build company that creates affordable, beautiful, and sustainable architect-designed homes for the masses. The coastal home, called the ’10 Star Home’ after its energy rating, is naturally heated and cooled thanks to passive solar strategies and maintains comfortable indoor temperatures year-round, even in mid-winter. Built in the green coastal development The Cape, the 10 Star Home is permanently open to the public as a display home to educate architects, builders, and students on sustainable architecture . The Sociable Weaver and Clare Cousin Architects considered all aspects of the home, from the building materials to the bedsheets, to achieve their stringent requirements for sustainability, affordability, and social responsibility. The architects even worked with suppliers to reduce packaging delivered to the construction site, and recycled and reused material wherever possible, such as composting plasterboard off-cuts in the garden. A five-kilowatt rooftop solar panel powers the home, which experiences minimal energy loss thanks to superior under-slab insulation, industrial concrete floors that improve thermal mass, and double-glazed windows. The hardwood used is FSC-certified . Non-toxic materials line the interiors, from natural sealants and paints for the floors, walls, and ceilings, to organic and sustainable furnishings like the organic cotton bedding. The display home is fully furnished and decorated with hand-selected products that are stylish and beautiful, yet meet high environmental standards. Related: A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child In addition to environmentally conscious building practices, the 10 Star Home is designed to inspire a more sustainable lifestyle. The architects followed Building Biology principles to create an edible garden where occupants are encouraged to compost and grow their own food. To keep the home healthy and non-toxic, the 10 Star Home is also equipped with a “green switch” that turns off all power to the home, except for the fridge, so that occupants can reduce the impact of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) at night. “Through Life Cycle Analysis by eTool, modelling shows that over the lifetime of the home, the 10 Star Home will not only negate its carbon footprint but will positively exceed it,” said The Sociable Weaver, according to Dezeen . “This equates to 203 kilograms of carbon emissions saved per year per occupant, equivalent to planting 9.55 million trees or removing 48 million balloons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” + The Sociable Weaver + Clare Cousin Architects Via Dezeen Images via The Sociable Weaver

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Energy Efficient Filo Lamp Changes Shapes to Fit Your Mood

May 20, 2014 by  
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If you can’t decide on which style lamp would best fit your room, you’ll want to check out the Filo lamp , a shape-shifting light fixture that can change shape to fit your every mood. Designed by Laura Modoni, this ceiling-suspended lamp is constructed from FSC certified wooden sticks that can be slid up and down to create different shapes. The energy efficient light is also lined with the latest LED technology. + Filo Lamp The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , ceiling lamp , filo lamp , filo light , FSC , fsc certified wood , laura modoni , LED , LED technology , shape shifting lamp

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Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

May 19, 2013 by  
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Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

September 18, 2012 by  
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Becca Stool: Curvaceous, Multifunctional and Made from FSC Bamboo

January 13, 2012 by  
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Curvaceous and versatile, the Becca Stool is a killer piece of furniture perfect for any cramped house looking for a bit of style and extra storage space. Made from fast-growing FSC bamboo , the Becca can be used as a stool, a side table or even piled-up as a dramatic shelving unit. Designed by Modern Bamboo ‘s founder, Anthony Marschak, the piece comes in either a natural silky finish, amber, or by special order, in ebony or cherry. + Modern Bamboo Photo © Modern Bamboo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , bamboo chair , bamboo stool , becca stool , fast growing bamboo , flexible bamboo , modern bamboo , multifunctional furniture , strong bamboo , Sustainable Materials

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RAU Architecture’s Serpentine Dutch De St@art (The T@il) Aims for Net Carbon Neutral

January 10, 2012 by  
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San Francisco’s Glorious and Garden-Infused Mid-Century Modern Hill Street Home

October 7, 2011 by  
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A Better World by Design Expo Showcases Creative Innovation

October 7, 2011 by  
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Taichung InfoBox Is a Bamboo Clad Community Space Retrofit of an Airport Hanger

October 7, 2011 by  
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Buildup To Greenbuild: The War In The Woods Heats Up

September 13, 2011 by  
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Last year at Greenbuild, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) made a big splash, having just come off a big victory at the US Green Building Council, where they maintained their status as the only wood that gets a point under LEED. They built a gorgeous booth while the other big certifier, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) , sort of slunk in. This year, as we build up to Greenbuild,

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