ArchiBlox, the world’s first carbon-positive prefab living unit is said to be self-sustainable. These homes offer more environmentally-conscious design by reducing embodied energy that accompanies new-home construction and maintains positive-energy production. These homes are best suited for areas where the temperature remains quite high.
If you wish to enjoy the benefits of living in a prefabricated home an dmake your home self-sustainable, ask your architect to incorporate the following ideas and structures in your house plan.
Ideas to Make your Home Energy Positive
A sun-room or garden room also known as sun parlours or sun porches, is a structure which is either attached or integrated into house designs. It allows you can enjoy the surroundings while being sheltered from adverse weather. These rooms are popularly used in passive solar building design as a technique for illuminating the structures with natural light.
Edible Garden Walls / Living walls
Remember the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Green walls or living walls are the modern versions of the same. Passive design strategies like - in-ground cool tubes and sliding edible garden walls help in reducing cooling costs of your house without compromising in style and overall appearance. A green roof is also incorporated to increase thermal insulation.
Few benefits of incorporating living walls in homes are as follows-
- Aesthetic beauty along with overall well being and happiness of inhabitants.
- Natural air filtration.
- Removal of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Conserving energy due to shading and insulating the building envelope.
- Filtering air particulates.
- Sound absorption and thermal regulation.
- Reduced occupant stress.
- Interior plants clean the air in your home.
- Interior plants add humidity to the air.
Air Tight House Design
House designs need to be climate-specific. Air-tight homes avoid air leaks which are the major contributor increasing a home’s cooling load. Building air tight structures are best for warm or hot areas as they help to keep your homes cool and dry.
Installing Cool Grass Roof
“A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation. Green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, increasing benevolence and decreasing stress of the people around the roof by providing a more aesthetically pleasing landscape, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and mitigate the heat island effect” Source: wikipedia
Insulation is one of the first things people think of when they set about making their homes more energy efficient. A poorly insulated roof will require more air conditioning in the summer. Hence, it is always recommend for hot regions to construct cool roofs which can save energy by reflecting light and heat away rather than absorbing them.
“A cool roof, can be 50 to 60 degrees cooler than a conventional dark-colored roof, reducing the cooling load on your home, saving energy, and reducing utility costs. By decreasing the solar gain and heat retention of your home, a white roof also increases its comfort and reduces the heat island effect that your home’s dark roof contributes to.” Source: greenhomeguide