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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$20K studio in Virginia demonstrates straw bale can be viable in humid environments

October 4, 2016 by  
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Straw bale building offers an affordable, sustainable solution to materials like concrete. Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design demonstrated straw bale building will work even in wet climates with the Zeljo Studio , a 300-square-foot cottage in Arlington, Virginia . Built with reclaimed and scavenged materials, the studio cost less than $20K to build . The Zeljo Studio is comprised of a ” timber frame structure ,” with straw bales providing insulation . Wood siding provides an elegant exterior and the interior is finished with clay plaster locally sourced with soil from the building site. The foundation was already in place. Atop the dormers is a green roof to absorb rainwater and help a loft remain cool in warm summer weather. Due to the straw insulation, the studio stays warm in the winter without needing much heat. Related: Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK – piglets need not apply The owners of the studio found salvaged bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, a kitchen sink, doors, and flooring for the loft. According to Koko, they obtained many of the materials for free. They even found new energy efficient windows that were “misordered” so were sold for a hefty discount. Koko wrote in an article , “By far, the biggest concern with strawbale walls, as with most materials in a wet or humid climate, is moisture.” She designed the straw bale studio in humid Virginia to help show straw bale buildings are still viable in wet climates. By targeting areas where water can sneak in, like at the wall base, windows, or roof eaves, straw bale homes work in places heavily exposed to moisture. Koko wrote an article outlining what steps home owners can take to protect their straw bale homes that can be read in detail here . + Down to Earth Design Images courtesy of Sigi Koko, Down to Earth Design

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INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

November 18, 2014 by  
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Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan’s national stadium is covered almost entirely with solar panels , and the CaixaForum Museum in Madrid boasts a living wall of 15,000 plants. However, with the world’s population predicted to exceed 8 billion by 2050, architects are turning their green design skills to residential homes. Potential structures range from ancient mudbrick domes, to space-age Earthships . Some designs are more viable than others, but the Big Deal team have identified five of the most promising candidates. For a glimpse of the future, check out their infographic below. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Big Deal , building materials , earth-sheltered home , earthship , Energy Savings , green alternative building materials , green building materials , green flooring , green home , green insulation , green structural components , infographic , passive solar , reader submitted content , Straw Bale , Superadobe , sustainable home , This is the Big Deal

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Skow Residence Wears a Sun-Shielding Roof Like a Hat in the Utah Desert

September 12, 2014 by  
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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

March 21, 2014 by  
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We’ve seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison Durable Portneuf  about the innovative techniques they used to create their eco-friendly, sustainable, elegant home in the woods of Portneuf, Quebec, and how they can help others do the same. Read the rest of Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breathable paint , compost , composting toilet , earth berm , eco home , eco paints , eco-friendly , house on stilts , humanure , Kate Alvo , Maison Durable , paint , passive solar , permaculture , Prefab , prefabricated , recycled , recycled wood , recycling , solar , solar panels , Solar Power , Straw , Straw Bale , straw bale home , straw bale homes , Sustainability        

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Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession

March 21, 2014 by  
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Photo from Shutterstock A few years ago, when the economy took a nosedive, a majority of Americans decided for the first time since the 1980s that the economy was more important to protect than the environment. Fortunately, that trend has reversed itself once again. Gallup has released a poll which shows that Americans once again prioritize the environment over economic growth by a 9 point margin, with Democrats leading the shift. Read the rest of Americans Put the Environment Ahead of Economic Growth For the First Time Since the Recession Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Democrat environment , economic growth , economic policy , economy poll , economy vs environment , environment poll , environmental destruction , environmental policy , environmental protection , Gallup , Gallup economic growth poll , Gallup environmental poll , Gallup Poll , Gallup poll economy , Gallup poll environment , Gallup poll environment vs economy , Republican economy        

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The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

April 30, 2013 by  
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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

February 7, 2013 by  
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Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome’s first straw bale home! The energy-efficient space was designed by a group of students and it’s made entirely from local materials. Read the rest of BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “natural materials” , Architecture , BAG Officinamobile , energy efficient , green materials , local materials , rome , Straw Bale

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Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia

February 7, 2013 by  
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In the wake of soaring temperatures that made it impossible for some residents in the Australian outback to pump gas , good news is finally coming to the energy market Down Under. A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) found that unsubsidized renewables are now cheaper sources of electricity than newly built gas or coal plants. The team also projected that new wind farms could supply electricity at $80 MWh compared to $143 MWh for coal and $116 MWhr for new gas-fired plants. The rates account for carbon emissions, but even without CO2 numbers wind would still be 14% cheaper than new coal and 18% cheaper than new gas. Read the rest of Report Finds Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Gas and Coal in Australia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , australia , bloomberg new energy finance , bnef , coal , gas , michael liebreich , pv , ratch australia , renewable energy , solar

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Straw Bale Ecologic Pavilion is a Cozy Nest Built to Improve One’s Connection to the Land

December 5, 2012 by  
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