This Swiss straw-bale house is completely self-sufficient

July 6, 2018 by  
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Traditional building techniques and modern technology come together in the House in Berne, a self-sufficient straw bale house in Graben, a Swiss village located less than an hour’s drive north of Bern. Trun-based architecture practice Atelier SCHMIDT GmbH designed the modern home, crafting it to blend in with the rural surroundings by taking on the appearance of an old Bernese farming house. Additionally, the self-sufficient house is powered entirely by rooftop solar panels. Completed this year, the House in Berne is set in the middle of a vast and open farming landscape. The dwelling comprises three floors in addition to a small basement for a total area of 1,970 square feet. In response to the client’s request for a modern, self-sustaining home that would be flooded with natural light , Atelier SCHMIDT GmbH designed a building with large yet carefully placed openings, as well as an energy-efficient envelope to ensure minimal heating energy demands that could be satisfied through a photovoltaic array or passive solar means. “Inside the house, glass ceilings ensure that daylight can penetrate fully into the whole building,” explains Atelier SCHMIDT GmbH in a project statement. “The reduction of inside walls allows the owners to live and work in a big open modern space. The 80 centimeter thick straw-bale walls guarantee minimal heat losses. The electrical and thermic energy gained on the solar roof is stored in a home battery system and in a 5000 [liter] solar tank located in the basement. If needed the house can be heated by the stored thermic energy.” Related: Leaky cottage retrofitted with straw bale sees 80% energy reduction Set on an east-west axis, House in Berne is built primarily from unfinished timber for both the interior and the exterior; the timber façade will develop a patina over time and further blend the building into the landscape. Solar panels top the roof, which features long overhanging eaves to protect the interior from unwanted solar heat gain . + Atelier SCHMIDT GmbH Images by Rasmus Norlander

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Solar-powered home embraces sustainable design in Chihuahua

January 11, 2018 by  
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Sustainability and stunning views go hand-in-hand at the Cima House, a striking residence in Chihuahua , Mexico. Garza Iga Arquitectos designed the spacious solar-powered home rising three stories to overlook panoramic city views. Built with a concrete shell, the home’s appearance is softened by the layering of textiles and timber. The architects describe the 465-square-meter Cima House as a building “of opposites” from the way it was constructed to its current appearance. “Built with concrete, steel I beams, and wood; it resembles the classic architecture styles of Louis Kahn and Mies Van der Rohe but at the same time it incorporates a range of technological systems not available in their time,” wrote the architects. “Water collection, treatment and reuse, and solar power technology are only some of those mentioned systems.” Related: Zaha Hadid Architects breaks ground on Mexico’s City tallest residential tower In addition, the street-facing facade is dramatically different from the opposite end. For privacy and security, the architects constructed a windowless exterior to face the street, whereas the north-facing side is completely open to take in panoramic city views. The giant windows are double-glazed with argon gas sandwiched in between to protect from harsh solar gain. Thick concrete walls contain high thermal mass. The residence is also equipped with home automation that can be controlled remotely via smartphone. + Garza Iga Arquitectos Via ArchDaily Images via Garza Iga Arquitectos

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This modern prefab home has windows that double as solar panels

October 12, 2015 by  
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Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

July 8, 2014 by  
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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

March 28, 2014 by  
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Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

March 28, 2014 by  
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It’s estimated that one in eight people suffers from hunger and malnutrition, which means that all around the world, millions of people—including children— go hungry each and every day . That means that on an average crowded morning bus, there may be four or five people who won’t have enough to eat that day. In a schoolyard full of kids… well, one is too many, but it’s likely that many of them are too hungry to focus on their assignments. There is a way that the average person can help to ameliorate this, and that’s by simply growing a little bit extra in the family garden. Read the rest of Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Charities , Charity , feed the hungry , garden , Gardening , gardens , Grow a row , grow food for the hungry , homeless , hunger , hungry , plant a row , SEED , seeds , shelters , vegetable garden , vegetables        

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$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

March 28, 2014 by  
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This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $4.9 billion plan designed to protect NYC transportation infrastructure from future superstorms and extreme weather. Some of the precautions outlined in the project include protecting subway yards and bus depots from flooding, sealing entrances to subway tunnels and ventilation plants, and mitigating flood risks at various vulnerable sites. Read more about the new plan here . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: andrew cuomo , cuomo , extreme weather , governor cuomo , MTA , mta resiliency , mta storm plan , New York. , nyc subway resiliency plan , port authority , resiliency , resilient nyc , Superstorm Sandy , transportation infrastructure        

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Solar Chameleon House Transforms to Meet the Needs of the Occupant

July 18, 2013 by  
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Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

July 11, 2013 by  
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CORRECTION: Flyer About NYPD Releasing Perfluorocarbon Gas into Subway is Fake But the Gas Part is Real

July 11, 2013 by  
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On Tuesday, Inhabitat published an article reporting that the MTA distributed a flyer thanking NYC train riders for participating in an NYPD study where perfluorocarbon gas would be pumped into the subway system . Yesterday, we learned that the flyer itself was not an official MTA communication, and was actually handed out by an unknown party. While the flyer was unauthorized, the gas tests, called the Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange program , are real and trace amounts of perfluorocarbon gas will, in fact, be introduced into the subway system on certain dates in July. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brookhaven , Brookhaven National Laboratory , chemical terrorist prevention , eco design , green design , is the subway gas testing safe , MTA gas test , mta gas testing , nyc subways , Perfluorocarbon , Perfluorocarbon mta gas , subway gas testing , subway greenhouse gas testing , Subway-Surface Air Flow Exchange , sustainable design        

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