Imagine a house that produces more energy than it can consume. Impossible, right? Well, not so – Australian eco-architecture firm ArchiBlox has recently launched their first carbon positive home. DECO investigates.
The prefab home concept is nothing new, but ArchiBlox has taken the pre-made, modular design structure one step further by making it entirely sustainable and, in fact, energy producing. Currently on display as a prototype in Melbourne, this home is an example of the kinds of sustainable designs ArchiBlox has created before, but taken to greater sustainable heights.
Wise use of a home’s natural environment offers the most cost effective energy savings. Through clever consideration of the building envelope, your ArchiBlox home will take full advantage of the sun, wind and weather patterns specific to a building site. – ArchiBlox website
CARBON POSITIVE HOUSE
Compact and contemporary, the Carbon Positive House is built to lock in cool air, ward off Australia’s searing heat and is powered entirely by solar panels. Encased in double-glazing and ventilated via underfloor piping, the house is designed to maximise solar opportunity and cooling without the aid of any mechanical or electrical energy.
We “Design Big” rather than “Build Big” – ArchiBlox website
For good measure, the wood is sustainably sourced, the eco-appliances use recycled rainwater, while edible vertical gardens and a rooftop garden provide further insulation as well as urban farming. It even boasts hardwired data lines to reduce electromagnetic radiation.
Sounds pretty amazing, right? What with our extensive sunshine and wind here in SA, we can only hope this kind of sustainable housing will find its way to our shores soon.
Visit their website here
All images via ArchiBlox
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