Black timber Villa S makes more energy than it consumes

December 4, 2017 by  
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Energy bills are a thing of the past at Villa S, a plus-energy home in the western Netherlands built to replace a former home from the 1960s. RAU architecten designed the new solar-powered home that embraces the surrounding dune and forest landscape through large windows. The architects’ focus on sustainability also extends to materials, which include FSC-certified timber and “emission-free materials.” Clad in black timber , Villa S is a boxy building punctuated by windows of various sizes. A beautiful pine forest to the northwest side of the property informed the placement of the windows and sequence of indoor spaces. “The transition to this forest is gradual, a gradual transition from private to public,” wrote the architects. “An important quality in the design is the successive sequences of different spaces, each with a surprising view of the beautiful surroundings. The forest is always present but is always experienced in a different way. In the house it feels like the forest is part of the garden. The differences in height in the garden are solved in new slopes so that the garden smoothly flows into the environment.” The ground floor is partly sunken and contains a sauna , office, guest room, and a garden room that opens up to the living room above via a staircase. The first floor also includes a dining room, kitchen, and playroom. Bedrooms are located on the second floor. The large windows take in ample natural light that bounces off of reflective light-colored walls and frame views of the pool, garden, and forest. Related: Green-Roofed Villa L Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in the Netherlands In addition to solar panels , the home is equipped with a wood pellet stove for energy generation. A concrete slab beneath the ground level floor provides thermal comfort and is complemented by a low-temperature climate system. + RAU architecten Images by Marcel van der Burg

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Compact New Zealand home sets its sights on going off the grid

September 25, 2017 by  
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High on a hill above New Zealand’s idyllic Peka Peka beach sits an eco-friendly compact home that responds to the surrounding landscape. Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects designed the dwelling, named Peka Peka House I, as three boxy units perfectly positioned to maximize shelter as well as views of Kapiti Island, forestry, and farmland. In response to the client’s desires to eventually go off-grid, the home is equipped with photovoltaic panels, solar hot water panels, above-code insulation, and other energy-saving features. Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects separated the living, sleeping, and garage functions into three interconnected box-like volumes, each positioned in response to climate and views. Two of the boxes are clad in black-stained cedar ; one contains the living functions, while the other comprises bedrooms. The third box is clad in profiled polycarbonate and contains the garage and workshop. At night, the polycarbonate-clad volumes glows like a lantern. Timber decking surrounds the three volumes. Related: Dreamy cabin is a luxurious escape in the New Zealand bush The cedar-clad boxes are arranged to form a sheltered north-facing courtyard that provides views towards the sea and is protected from coastal winds. “As requested by our knowledgeable clients, the house promotes some eco values in the form of a combination of PV and solar hot water panels and above code insulation,” wrote the architects. “Their long-term ambition is to go off-grid. LED lighting throughout and exposed and insulated concrete slab as a heat store helps reduce power consumption. Natural ventilation picks up the consistent afternoon sea breezes.” + Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects Via ArchDaily Images by Jason Mann

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3 Green Bars Building wins Hammer & Hand’s net-zero energy architecture competition

August 20, 2015 by  
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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

February 11, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Design , eco design , England , green design , photovoltaic panels , PV panels , rainwater harvesting , Solar Power , sustainable design , The Long Studio , threefold architects , vernacular architecture , wood-fired stove , Zero Carbon

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What Does the Interior of the World’s Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Look Like?

February 11, 2013 by  
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The completion of  Antilia — the world’s largest and most expensive family home — certainly caused a stir when we first reported on the sky-scraping abode back in 2011, with readers ( and we here at Inhabitat ) calling the Ambani family out for its excess. While exterior shots could be readily found on the web over the last couple years, not much surfaced when it came to the interior. Well, it looks like Curbed  has delivered our first look coupled with some crazy details as to what is hidden inside this towering construction. From nine high-speed elevators to an ice-room able to produce snow in blizzard-like proportions, this 27-floor home is packed full of ridiculous amenities and then some. Read the rest of What Does the Interior of the World’s Largest and Most Expensive Family Home Look Like? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $1 billion house , Antilia , eco design , green design , Hirsch Bedner Associates , Mukesh Ambani , Mumbai , Nita Ambani , perkins + will , sustainable design , Vastu Shastra , world’s most expensive home

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DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds!

October 4, 2012 by  
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Image by NPR Science Friday Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein are looking to revolutionize the business of small-scale solar panels with The Solar Pocket Factory , a backyard photovoltaic panel printing system. Successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the two have placed themselves at the forefront of the micro solar movement, which aims to cheaply and quickly produce small PV panels . Read the rest of DIY Solar Pocket Factory Machine Can Print a Solar Panel Every 15 Seconds! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alex hornstein , kickstarter , micro solar , PV panels , shawn frayne , solar panels , the solar pocket factory

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