Characterized by Australian modular building expert ArchiBlox as the world’s first carbon-positive prefab living unit, the Archi+Carbon Positive House is designed to be self-sustainable. According to the project developers, the new project “provides the option for a more environmentally-conscious design, through both reducing embodied energy that accompanies new-home construction and maintaining positive-energy production.” The photos below depict the project entitled ‘Carbon House 01?, the first out of four models envisioned so far.
Reducing heating and cooling costs is cleverly achieved through a series of passive design strategies, without compromising in style and overall appearance. These include in-ground cool tubes, sliding edible garden walls to reduce sunlight infiltration, and a green roof for increased thermal insulation. “Additional gains in thermal performance are achieved through the structures’ air-tightness which sustains the heat or cool inside and a ‘buffer zone’ which separates the thermal conditions of the exterior and interior areas. Further sustainability is achieved through double-glazed and thermally broken windows, solar power utilization, and water recycling implementation”, explained the architects.
With a total living surface of 53 square meters (plus a 23 square-meter deck ), one living area, kitchen, dining zone, one bedroom and one bathroom, this sustainable unit is a cozy place to call home. [Photography by Tom Ross]
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light