TREDJE NATUR proposes angled timber housing that meets UNs sustainability goals

June 13, 2019 by  
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Copenhagen-based architectural firm TREDJE NATUR has unveiled an urban housing proposal that ticks all the right boxes for beautiful and sustainable design. Created to follow the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals — a blueprint of 17 goals ranging from affordable and clean energy to responsible consumption and production — TREDJE NATUR’s proposed mixed-use development is estimated to save 30 to 50 percent of carbon emissions compared to conventional housing construction. Named “New Angle” after the timber townhouses’ sharply pitched rooflines, the site-specific housing development emphasizes safe and low-carbon community living, biodiversity, flexibility and protection from the elements and traffic noise. Created as part of a feasibility study for the Copenhagen Metropolitan Area, New Angle comprises nearly 130,000 square feet of housing and a little over 160,000 square feet of office space. The development has been proposed for a commercial site sandwiched between two different motorways and a ring road. TREDJE NATUR’s design is a direct response to the site conditions, particularly the noise nuisances from surrounding traffic. The layout and shape of the houses create an inward-looking development that ensures optimized daylighting for all residents, ample green space and protection from traffic noise. Set on a parking plinth, the townhouses are arranged in an L-shaped ring with steeply sloped roofs angled toward the central common green space that can be used for urban gardening and recreation. The angle of the roof profiles not only shields residents from traffic noise, but also allows for integrated solar panels with maximum performance and rainwater collection systems. The renderings show the housing would be built primarily from timber with a strong emphasis on the outdoors and neighborly connection. Related: World’s first upcycled high-rise is proposed for Copenhagen “The CO2 savings happen through the building design, choice of materials, systematic solutions, focus on climate and biodiversity and overall by creating a framework for a strong community and a sustainable lifestyle,” explained the architects, who said the design is a more sustainable alternative to the conventional multistory building. “Apart from significant CO2 savings, calculations also show that the project is economically sustainable and can be constructed with low establishment costs compared to similar housing units.” + TREDJE NATUR Images via TREDJE NATUR

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Clyde Mews eco-village champions sustainable housing alternatives in Melbourne

January 23, 2019 by  
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Melbourne recently became home to Clyde Mews , an inspiring “eco-village” that champions sustainable, community-focused living in close proximity to the city center. Created as an alternative to resource-intensive, car-centric developments, Clyde Mews features attractive, pedestrian-friendly design and energy-efficient housing. Designed by local architecture firm Six Degrees Architects for property development company Excelon Group, the eco-friendly development includes eight contemporary townhouses fitted out with sustainable elements — such as solar panels and water-efficient appliances — inside and out. Located in the center of Thornbury near a mix of services and amenities, Clyde Mews includes eight dwellings clustered around a shared green space with an urban garden and a  reclaimed timber boardwalk. As a medium-density development, the project consists of six double-story, family-centric townhouses and two apartment units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. In addition to the tight-knit community atmosphere, the design also stresses resident privacy through the careful consideration of layouts and window placements. Clyde Mews’ contemporary yet grounded appearance is achieved through a material palette consisting of recycled brickwork, black steel, stained glass, cyclone fences and sustainably harvested natural wood. All dwellings benefit from a 30,000-liter underground rainwater storage tank that collects and stores rooftop runoff for reuse in flushing toilets, filling washing machines and irrigating the communal garden. Each house is equipped with Canadian Solar photovoltaic solar panels as well as Fronius solar inverters. Related: Zaha Hadid unveils futuristic designs for “New Moscow” Inside, the Clyde Mews homes are outfitted with Aerotron ceiling fans, hydronic heaters and reverse-cycle air conditioners that work in tandem with passive design features to minimize energy use without compromising on comfort. Examples of passive heating and cooling include high thermal mass exposed concrete floors that absorb sunlight during the day and dissipate the heat at night; cross ventilation; an abundance of natural light through double-glazed windows; and a pitched roof design with operable roof vents to allow hot air to escape. Energy-efficient fixtures range from LED lightbulbs and high-star-rating V-ZUG or Miele appliances. + Six Degrees Architects Photography by Alice Hutchison via Six Degrees Architects

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Serene off-grid tiny home sits tucked away in a Hawaiian rainforest

January 23, 2019 by  
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Tucked into a lush green rainforest in Volcano, Hawaii, this tiny home retreat has been designed to be a relaxing oasis for those wanting to immerse themselves into nature. The Hale Iki cottage which is just 240 square feet, runs completely off-grid thanks to four 354 watt solar panels and rain water collection system. Located just outside of Volcanoes National Park in a clearing in the rainforest, the tiny cottage offers everything needed for a serene stay in a natural setting. The home itself is surrounded by natural greenery filled with Ohio trees, hapu’u ferns, and lots of ti and hibiscus, and even has lava tubes on the property. While the tiny home is at just 240 square feet, the lovely cottage is quite compact, but the extra large front deck makes the living space nearly double in size. An open-air porch with plenty of seating and a gas grill, this is the prime spot to relax and take in the stunning views. Related: World’s most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid home—and you can stay overnight The rental home was designed to be completely off-grid. Solar panels generate sufficient power to run the home’s electricity needs. There is also a rainwater collection system installed on the roof that runs water into large water tanks. Although the home is completely off grid , that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of amenities. The interior of the home has been equipped with everything needed for a relaxing stay. A large kitchen with a solar refrigerator and other modern appliances provide everything needed to prepare home-cooked meals. The living room is filled with comfortable furnishings and a flat screen TV and the bedroom sleeps two comfortable in the queen-sized bed. Natural light floods the interior, but of course, the best natural light can be found just outside the front door. + Hale Iki Airbnb Via Tiny House Talk Images via Hale Iki

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Gorgeous LEED Platinum Townhouses Completed in San Francisco Park (Photos)

October 12, 2010 by  
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Photo Credit All Pictures: Jaymi Heimbuch LivingHomes has built the Belles Townhouses , a seven unit multifamily project designed by Kieran Timberlake , in the Presidio, a decommissioned military base in San Francisco. It’s LEED Platinum, GreenPoint and gorgeous demonstration of how to do green development, from a team I have been watching for years. I first met Ste…

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