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The Ultimate Healthy Home

  • Posted by SHFT on January 12, 2015 in Architecture
  • Scott Pierce for Collectively:

    Why is the roof on this house curved 19 degrees? Design, of course. But the end goal of its slope isn't just about creating an awesome, modern aesthetic. Like the best architecture, its intentions are smart. Ultimately, it's so the house can better capture sunlight on solar panels across the roof. That's kind of predictable, as far as environmentally friendly homes go. But there are plenty of other reasons why you'll want to stop buying beer in order to save up for a down payment.

    Called the Multi-Comfort House, this healthy home was designed by Norway's Research Center on Zero Emissions Buildings, ZEB, in partnership with the international architecture firm Snøhetta. It's currently just a model. But the data collected from this house could shape what our living spaces look like in the future.

    In addition to the roof's panels generating electricity, the home's swimming pool and outdoor shower are heated by surplus energy from the photovoltaic cells. Ultimately, that means this dream house -- at a pretty massive 2,400-square-feet -- doesn't produce any carbon emissions. The black exterior helps this process with a plywood add-on that protect the windows from warming up during sunsets.  

    Over the next year, data will be collected to confirm the home's energy output. If a family moves in, they'll not only enjoy lowering their energy bills: the outdoor atrium has a fireplace giving this contemporary home the feel of a cabin. Likewise, the yard's fruit trees and vegetable gardens are large enough to allow for small scale food production.

    Snøhetta predicts that the carbon dioxide created during its construction will be offset by the energy it actually creates over the course of 60 years.

    Originally published on Collectively, SHFT's content partner.


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