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Building A Zero Energy House In Auckland

Building A Zero Energy House In Auckland

The Zero Energy House in Auckland, New Zealand was a project intended to provide an educational focus on the construction of a highly efficient and environmentally minded residence. The homeowners, Shay Brazier and Jo Woods, freely shared the design and development as a resource for others. The structural design was planned by A Studio Architects. The owners contributed to all elements of the production process, from research to the calculated analyzation of what materials and building strategies would work best within the budget. This included a thermal analysis of resources used and careful attention to the site during construction, such as recycling in the… read more

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Family Ranches With Sustainable Style

Updating old buildings and redeeming them into livable, inviting spaces takes skill and planning. Reusing original materials and salvaged finds also takes a clever eye. The following brought-back-to-life farmhouses are examples of how a clean, fresh home can be established while still holding onto the characteristic elements from the past. From Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, this home has distinguished details and a gorgeous design inside and out. Upscale but not stuffy, the Hupomone Ranch is set on a sprawling 160 acres of Californian farmland that is settled in the Chileno Valley. It remained unused for more than 3 decades when purchased for… read more

Open Up

Open Up

A Federation style house in the ssuburban area of Mosman, Australia was on the receiving end of an update that transposed the existing arrangement into something entirely different, and over the top appealing. Anderson Architecture completed the renovation, giving the home a completely new style, and a more connected to nature feel. Along with implementing energy efficient amenities, the clients also wanted to open up the home. The design assignment included completely opening up the entire posterior half of the structure. The project also involved the addition of several green features. The back portion of the house faces north, so the extension… read more

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

Bioclimatic architecture focuses on the individual’s relation to environmental conditions and the climate when considering a build. Thinking about how design and architectural elements can enhance a living space and property while allowing a home to be more connected to nature is the goal. Bioclimatic homes apply traditional building methods that have been employed for centuries because they are common sense and they work, instead of relying only on mechanical systems. Studying the geographic region, landscape and building site allow better decisions in making it more efficient. A bioclimatic home may also look at design in terms of biomimicry, or looking at… read more

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

Constructing around the landscaping and paying attention to natural elements can make the most of the sun’s power, saving energy that is needed to run the space. Called the Crook Cup Bow Twist home, this design utilizes organic materials and smart orientation to capture the sun’s energy. From Schwartz and Architecture, it is located in Nicasio, California. The residence was designed for clients who wanted to have a place to escape from the city, and it is quite a contrast from a city dwelling indeed. The name comes from the different ways to bend lumber and the hidden energy possibilities for movement found… read more

Solar Powered Cookout

Solar Powered Cookout

Teaching kids about renewable resources doesn’t always have to be a lecture or a lesson on paper. For example, all ages can appreciate a sun-cooked food festival, and the solar process makes for good dinner conversation. Getting outside and providing some hands-on explanation of how the sun’s energy can be applied is useful, teaches self-reliance and sustainability, and is fun for kids. Campfires and hot dog roasts are a rite of passage in some childhood circles. Instead of building a fire, build a solar hot dog cooker. Host an activity and have kids bring their own cardboard box. Gather a… read more

Old Meets New

Old Meets New

Sometimes a renovation can include obvious additions that may stand out, or may even overrun the original character of a home. Villa CP from Zest Architecture is a restoration project that shows how to seamlessly blend old with new. The updated historical farmhouse building nestled in a gorgeous lot in Girona, Spain is laid back, sustainable and high on style. The stone structure is rugged and rough, but also refined and refreshingly modern. Construction plans kept the old design but gave the home a solidly modern look. It was opened up to eliminate a closed in feel, including the addition… read more

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

By taking development upward and focusing on extending the living areas to the outdoors in locations where the temperature is normally nice, more time outside is just a few steps away. This also reduces building costs as the interior space is condensed as compared to many other newly constructed residential homes. The Californian Hover House is one of a series of homes from Glen Irani Architects that focuses on creating an optimal outdoor environment by not using up an entire lot with a sprawling floor plan. This is the 3rd design of this type of home from the architectural team, and… read more

This Robot Is A Solar Powered Police Officer

This Robot Is A Solar Powered Police Officer

Directing traffic is an occasional part of an officer’s duty, and those who guide vehicles and pedestrians on a regular basis know how frustrating and downright dangerous it can be. Located in Kinshasa, Congo, there is a new line of police officers that are demanding people to stop and take notice. In order to tend to busy traffic routes and decrease financial costs in the African region, an innovative group at the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Techniques has developed a robot that can perform like a traffic officer. The robot can observe traffic flow and works as a stoplight,… read more

Solar Nanotechnology

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Solar technology may have just gotten even more exciting. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out how to utilize sunlight to convert it to energy more efficiently and with more control than a standard photovoltaic cell. Inventing a nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic instrument, they have uncovered a process which uses the sun to activate a temperature reactive material. The system uses both photovoltaic cells to generate energy as well as solar thermal energy, which is capable of storing power. Their device employs nanotubes made from absorbent carbon to caputure sunlight that is turned into thermal energy, and can then be… read more