Technically speaking, a green home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, while also focusing on the efficient use of “energy, water, and building materials. This may include buying more energy-efficient appliances or utilizing specific building materials that are more efficient in keeping both cool and heated air inside the structure. Continue reading to see five high-tech examples.
We are presenting you a home that respects the theory exposed above, that not only is located in Montecito (Butterfly Beach) but also is built from eco-friendly materials, being a sustainable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified home. This eco luxury home was designed by Maienza-Wilson Interior Design + Architecture.
4. Edgeland Residence
Visually and functionally divided into two separate pavilions, the Edgeland Residence, designed by Bercy Chen Studio and located on the shores of the Colorado River is surprising to say the least. The elongated roofs filled with soil and grass keep the residence cool in the summer and warm during winter time. Other sustainable additions include hydronic heating & cooling, geothermal heat exchange and phase-change thermal heat storage. Aside from its obvious aesthetic feature, the swimming pool provides an additional thermal mass included in the geothermal system.
3. WFH House
We’ve seen a lot of creative ways to build a home from stretch using eco-friendly materials or recycled ones, but we’ve never seen a house entirely build of…well, shipping containers. The WFH House in China, designed by Copenhagen-based studio, Arcgency is made of three stacked shipping containers. The house surrounded by lush vegetation “was designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of upcycled shipping containers as a steel frame, a sustainable bamboo facade, a rainwater collection system, solar cell-clad green roof and permeable paving.” It had the sustainable feel all the way.
Following the streams of contemporary minimalism, the house in Herzlyia, Israel, has a slightly irregular shape, facilitating a good natural light distribution throughout the house. The project, designed by Sharon Neuman Architects studio, spreads over 215 square meters, it has one upper floor and a glossy terrace, where one can just sit, enjoy good cups of tea and smart conversations.
The architects chose to implement an eco-friendly idea, for a healthier lifestyle. “The house is planned with energy efficiency as one of the leading goals. A number of design details are utilised, among them: efficient insulating materials, southern walls have extra thickness, Adobe blocks i nserted in selected places for extra thermal mass; Also, rainwater and dew are collected and stored, water recycled where possible, and solar water heater is installed as well as a composting device.”
1. House 04
Probably one of the most interesting and nature oriented houses, the House 04 project, located in the sunny region of Osijek, Croatia, tries to establish a special relationship between man and nature, using the liveable space as a tool. The modern-edgy home, designed by Helena Alfirevic Arbutina showcases the duality of the human existence and the constant need of finding inner peace.
There are “earthy” details sprinkled around the house, such as the pebble-like carpet, a pebbles “passage”, as soon as you step inside the house and a small interior garden with white stones and small bushes behind a wall of glass. Really interesting and inspiring, the 04 House gives you the feeling that you are exploring the freshness of the outdoors, right in the intimacy of your home.