Cooling breezes blow straight through a low-energy brick house in Indonesia

May 9, 2019 by  
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In the city of Depok in West Java, Jakarta-based architectural firm DELUTION architect has completed the Flick House, a two-story home with a brick facade and a contemporary design that stands out from its more conventional neighbors. Created to follow sustainable and low-energy principles, the house features cooling microclimates and is optimized for natural ventilation . Daylight is also maximized in the house to reduce reliance on artificial lighting while a second “skin” facade helps buffer unwanted solar gain. When the clients approached DELUTION architect with the commission, they asked for a large home that would feel “humble and warm.” In response, the architects suggested a brick facade, which they said can create a welcoming atmosphere no matter the size. The warm and inviting character is carried through to the light-filled interior, which features an open layout conducive to large family gatherings. Energy efficiency was also a major design objective for the architects. To keep the spacious, 3,326-square-foot house naturally cool, the architects added four gardens — Main Garden, Private Garden, Floating Garden and Innercourt — and a fish pond to create cooling microclimates . The cooled air from the gardens is swept into the rooms through the sliding doors and windows that promote airflow throughout. Perforations in the brick facade also allow for natural ventilation while blocking unwanted solar gain. Related: Rammed earth addition brings light and energy savings to a Melbourne home “Besides applying the green architecture concept, Flick House also has quite unique architectural and interior details,” the architects added. “Some parts of the walls even seem to be floating. On the first floor, bathrooms are hidden behind the mirrored closet, and on the second floor, the bathroom has a semi-outdoor concept so that if the curtain is opened it can be seen from the outside.” + DELUTION architect Photography by Fernando Gomulya via DELUTION architect

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

July 1, 2014 by  
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Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more common than you might have realized. In fact, there might be one of these hot or cool spots just around the corner from where you are right now! From warm areas in gardens where vegetables can be grown late into the winter , to a neighborhood block that’s cool in summertime because of surrounding buildings, countless microclimates exist all over the world, and people have been harnessing (and enjoying) the benefits of these places for centuries. Read the rest of What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alps , Cote D’Azur , france , french , French Riviera , Health , Leysin , Menton , micro-climate , microclimate , microclimates , passive solar , San Fran , San Francisco , Solar Power , sun , sunshine , Switzerland

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

July 1, 2014 by  
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SunCache introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an innovative custom-designed carrying case. With SunCache, users can easily carry the system anywhere, set it up in seconds and point it at the sun, creating an immediate power source for all electronic gadgets. Devices can charge directly from the sun, store power away in rechargeable batteries for future use, or perform both functions simultaneously! Equipped with a powerful solar panel (available in both 10 and 15 watt sizes), super-efficient power regulation technology, and a flexible power distribution system, SunCache packs an impressive amount of power in a large tablet-sized form factor. “It’s my most flexible solar charging platform to date,” explains Don Cayelli, who has created two previous solar charger iterations. “The combination of charging power, ease of use, and flexible power distribution, makes this an unbelievably handy off-the-grid power accessory for everyone.” Check out the SunCache on Kickstarter project — it’s on fire! + SunCache 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: “clean energy” , clean tech , green energy , green tech , portable power charger , portable solar charger , renewable power , Solar Power , SunCache , tablet-sized solar charger

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