TAG: Rainwater

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

Deciding between apartment, house or studio living can be a dilemma. Mitchell & Stout Architects have found a way to incorporate them all – under one roof. This home in Auckland, New Zealand is a unique construction. It is an inclusive design that allows a variety of spaces and can accommodate various living set-ups for families, friends or even renters. It has 3 different buildings that consist of an apartment, main house and a spacious studio. The zones are set up to each be a private quarter and there are also warm, common areas in the home. The interior is an assortment of a somewhat… read more

Concrete Structures That Double As Energy Savers

Concrete Structures That Double As Energy Savers

Concrete designs are durable and can hold numerous possibilities due to its functionality and flexibility as a material. When combined with sustainable features, concrete can offer interesting elements for homes and commercial applications. Casa la Estadía from REC Architecture is constructed mainly of concrete and glass and has a curious look. The exterior was formed into an interesting shape that also provides several benefits. The concrete walls make up the structural base for the home and also enables several sustainable features. The design makes use of a passive energy system and is able to capture up to 85% of the home’s energy. The… read more

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

Remember libraries? This home from Khosla Associates – Architecture + Interiors certainly does. It brings back a fondness for libraries to the front of the line with all the fervor of a book hungry individual, several decades ago before the endless supply of digital words were available with just the click of a button. Called the Library Home, this family house located in Bangalore, India was a client-centered project, meeting specific needs and requests. The residents reportedly wanted a blend of an old city feel along with modern touches. According to the architects, the family of readers had an expanding… read more

PhotoFlow Harvests Solar Energy and Rainwater

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Two of the most important needs in developing country are a reliable source of off-grid power and a source for potable drinking water, and one design firm, NOS, thinks they might have the answer to both of those needs, in one integrated package. The “PhotoFlow” uses eight triangular solar modules to harvest the sun’s energy, which are mounted together in an octagonal structure on the top of a water tank. The system can catch and channel rainwater hitting the panels into a central filter and then into the water tank for storage. “Each module is equipped with first-generation monocrystalline silicon… read more

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net Zero Design

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net-Zero Design

Located in Venice, California, a team of designers, architects, contractors and solar setups turned a resident remodel into a family home and office combination that is a near record breaker on the efficiency scale. Called the Yin Yang House, it has enough green features to make sustainable design lovers drool. The massive renovation was assembled from fully reused or highly recycled content and local materials. Only ethically gathered woods were used in both indoor and exterior finishes, and there was also a focus on reduced chemical usage with all surfaces. Additionally, during the building process at least 80% of the… read more

Catch Your Own Water

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Each month we pay our bills: mortgage, electricity, insurance, phone, water, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to cut back? Rainwater catching allows you to collect your own water, for free, and naturally. “Treated rainwater from a catchment system is in many cases safer, than treated drinking water from a city,” said Tim Pope, board member, former president and Educational Coordinator of the American Rainwater Catchment System Association. Both developed and undeveloped countries catch rainwater. Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America use rainwater as a substitute for some of their water usage.  Whether you are gathering rainwater at home or at… read more