The cost of a house can be counted in dollars, but the construction and running of a house takes a toll on the environment that’s harder to measure. Increasing numbers of people are looking to minimize both environmental impact and financial outlay by outfitting their homes with sustainable technology, and the resulting boom in sustainable building is driving new levels of architectural innovation. With this in mind, Gizmag highlights ten remarkable sustainable houses.
The term sustainable is thrown about quite a bit these days, but there’s more to it than adding some solar panels to the roof of an inefficient building and calling it a day. True sustainability is made up of many facets, from building materials to the use of renewable energy sources to design that strives for efficiency and harmony with the surrounding environment. We think the following selections meet many of these criteria.
The Waste House is a sustainable construction project installed at the UK’s University of Brighton. As its name suggests, the prototype home is built almost exclusively from discarded waste.
Around 90 percent of the materials that went into making the Waste House derive from household and construction waste, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, and 2,000 used carpet tiles, used to clad the home’s facade. While nobody actually lives in it at present, the building is a remarkable achievement and proves the organizer’s mantra that “there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place.”
Vietnam’s Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been tinkering away at the issue of providing practical, sustainable, and most importantly, cheap, homes. The result is the S House, a US$4,000 dwelling part-built using local, easily-obtained materials, including Palm leaf thatching and bamboo. (Read More)