The eco-friendly high-tech house

Zep House7
A stone wall props the volume up while serving to stabilize thermal changes

There are many great examples of buildings around the world that were build to be sustainable and eco-friendly. This interesting eco-home was build in a collaboration between the international architecture firm Snøhetta and Norway’s Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB).

It was designed to serve as a prototype that combines ecologically conscious design and a sense of well being while accommodating the energy needs of a whole family.

Zeb House garden
Characteristic tilt to the southeast. That angle allows the roof to capture enough energy to power the house (along with a geothermal heating unit). The tilted roof can be modified and applied to other buildings in new orientations.
ZEB Angle
The ZEB Pilot House is a “plus house”. It actually produces excess energy. This is possible because of the solar panel roof, which is tilted at at 19-degree angle towards the southeast.

All power sources are 100% free of fossil fuels. The zero-energy house uses climate sources passively in order to live sustainable. Heating and cooling is being regulated through carefully-situated glass surfaces, house geometry and the volume of the building.

A house that leaves no carbon footprint

The grounds employ a variety of spaces that can be enjoyed year-round. Fruit trees and vegetable gardens enable a small scale food production.

All resources are being used most efficient and were designed to make as little impact on the
house’s carbon emissions as possible. Electricity, which is generated by the solar panels, and rainwater is being used for the toilet and the garden. The organic and recycled materials used were chosen based on thermal characteristics, but also on their ability to contribute to a good indoor climate and air quality. Outside, fruit trees and vegetable gardens enable small-scale food production.

Organic, energy-saving touches can be found throughout the whole house. Beeswax-laminated aspen wood for example. The wax reacts with natural moisture in the air, helping to keep the room temperature steady.

This functional and contemporary house combines high-end craftsmanship, blending design and environmental awareness and shows once more how design and technology work together hand in hand.

ZEB House Sun
Environmental performance diagram

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