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Sustainable Homes: Is This the New Normal?

Homeowners are increasingly becoming environmentally conscious. Some of them are valuing their houses not just in the usual dollar terms. Instead, they include the impact that their construction and running have on the environment.

It is a trend that has seen them increasingly investing in sustainable technology, creating a surge in the sustainable housing market, which is revolutionizing architectural innovation.

A new building industry is emerging, injecting sustainability into the construction industry building materials, exploiting the renewable energy, efficiency, and environmental conservation-focused design.

According to Georgia Roof Pro, a residential roofing contractor in Lawrenceville, GA, some of the projects that have strived to meet this set of criteria include:

Waste House

Located at the University of Brighton, UK, it is built almost purely from the disposed waste in line with its brainchild’s motto “there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place.”

Though not inhabited, it is a masterpiece in sustainability. It is made from household and construction waste such as 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, and 2,000 used carpet tiles.

S House

Part of the world population is living in deplorable hovels or simply homeless. This housing crisis makes Vietnam’s Vo Trong Nghia Architects work worth a mention.

The firm is refining the design in readiness for mass construction.

The US$4,000 S House, which is part-built using locally available materials-palm leaf and bamboo, is prefabricated and can be disassembled into pieces for easy transport.

Fall House

San Francisco’s Fougeron Architecture seeks to exploit nature’s offerings without diminishing Fall House’s luxurious beauty.

Backed by a fire-resistant copper façade, the two-story building located in California has specially designed and automatically opening windows to conserve energy, a design that ensures it is naturally ventilated and a greywater recycling system to optimize water use.

ZEB Pilot House

The architectural firm, Snøhetta, claims the Larvik, Norway-located house generates almost three times the amount of electricity it requires.

The project, currently under evaluation to ascertain its energy generation claim, has employed a system of solar power and rainwater harvesting systems.

Pop-Up House

It took a team of builders armed with only a screwdriver four days to put up Pop-Up House in Southern France.

Designed by French architecture firm Multipod, it is a prototype prefabricated home that the company projects will sell for around €30,000 (roughly US$41,000).

The house is designed with an innovative insulation technologies such that it does not require heating and it meets the strict Passivhaus (Germany for Passive) energy standard.

Tighthouse

Architectural design firm Fabrica718 renovated the over 100 years old building to improve its energy efficiency.

They installed two solar thermal panels to warm water, solar PV panels to wean it from relying on the grid-based electricity supply, improved its ventilation and heat efficiency.

It is the first certified Passive House in New York City.

Blooming Bamboo

This is a prototype house designed by another Vietnamese firm, H&P Architects, which can withstand floods of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) in depth.

With the hope of improving the flood resistance to 3 meters (10 feet), the house is earmarked to be mass-produced at just US$2,500 for the low-income market.

It is made out of locally-available materials including bamboo, fiberboard, and coconut leaves.

Slip House

It is a model affordable, sustainable family homes in the UK designed by Carl Turner Architects.

Consisting three slipped orthogonal box shapes, it taps into sustainable technology – a rainwater harvesting tank, solar panels, mechanical ventilation, triple glazing, and a high level of insulation.

Illawarra Flame

This is the handwork of Australia’s University of Wollongong’s students.

It was a major renovation job involving an Australian “fibro house” a notoriously energy-hungry style of home.

They fitted it with a roof-based 9.4-KW solar panel, rainwater harvesting, and gray-water recycling systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, among others.

They also transformed a bedroom into a living space and the installation of prefabricated pods which contain amenities including laundry room and bathroom.

P.A.T.H.

Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (or P.A.T.H.), a line of high-end prefab houses, is a joint venture between French architect Philippe Starck and Slovenian building firm Riko.

Designed in different shapes and sizes for various market segments, P.A.T.H have a roof-based solar array, roof-based wind turbine, and a rainwater collection and filtration system.

Sustainable homes are becoming the new normal, and should you decide to implement an energy-efficient roofing system, do not hesitate to contact the best roofing company in Lawrenceville, GA, Georgia Roof Pro.

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