Wilson continues on about how the geodesic domes and high-tech experiments of the solar 70s were a bit out there – but at least they were trying something different and had the foresight to address these issues decades before needed. We wouldn’t be where we are without them, and several issues we’re dealing with or interested in today are derived from those clunky and awkward experiments. Wilson’s concludes by saying, “a compact, 1,400-square-foot home with a simple roofline… with an enticing porch that bring homeowners outside, with solar panels cleanly integrated into the roof, and with a kitchen garden out front,” would be very appealing, which sounds great to us. Even better if that house is semi-detached or terraced to add a little density. So with that being said, here are some green-er homes that we think are pretty stunning and really bust the ‘Green Homes are Ugly’ myth.
Haus R-128, Stuttgart (DE)
- heating demand: not disclosed
- recyclable building materials, built for disassembly, solar thermal storage, renewable energy and not a bad view in the house – awesome.
pfeifer kuhn architekten
- patchworkhaus, Muellheim (DE)
- heating demand: 77kWh/m²a
- naturally lit and utilizing thermal storage of concrete and wood – add to the fact it’s actually a duplex, and this is definitely one we really like.
- haus Dr. W., Satteins (AT)
- heating demand: 14.7 kWh/m²a
- primary demand: 25.5 kWh/m²a
- passivhaus. polycarbonate. prefab.
- Loblolly House, Taylors Is. (US)
- prefab, designed for disassembly, touches earth lightly
- Strohhaus, Eschenz (CH)
- heating energy demand: 15 kWh/m²a
- low/zero emission materials, prefab, daylighting, passive solar, designed to Minergie Standard and touches earth lightly.
- Buffalo House, Kansas City (US)
- photovoltaics, geothermal heat pump, off-grid, passive solar, rainwater harvesting.
Steinsvik Arkitektkontor AS
- I-box 120, Tromso (NO)
- Primary energy demand: c. 50 kWh/m²a
- passivhaus. prefab wood panels. superinsulated. locally sourced/eco-friendly materials.
- Passivhaus, Ulm (DE)
- heating energy demand: 13 kWh/m²a
- Primary energy demand: 37 kWh/m²a
- passivhaus. cor-ten. awesome.
- Maison Moko, Schuttrange (LX)
- heating energy demand: 44 kWh/m²a
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- Haus Seifert, Volkersdorf (AT)
- heating energy demand : 41 kWh/m²a
- was planned for passivhaus standards, passive solar
- Wohnhaus Tsingas, Berlin (DE)
- heating energy demand : 48 kWh/m²a
- solar thermal collector, rainwater harvesting, ecologically secured materials and use of passive solar make this a rather interesting project.
- Solarhaus Sonnenberg, Stuttgart (DE)
- heating energy demand : 32 kWh/m²a
- solar thermal collector, solar thermal storage, prefab wood panels