Net Zero Building Design – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)
There has never been a time where it is more important than it is right now, to re-evaluate how we are using the world’s resources, not only energy but water and minerals as well. Modern home design in the US in recent years has seen home sizes getting larger while the family units are getting smaller and global resources are under increasing pressure.
There are some thought leaders however that are working to provide options for clean energy and homes that reuse materials for construction in such a way that the home requires no outside energy. Unplugged has become the buzz word for such a home.
In this video you will see a very unique home design that makes use of old tires and cans combined with earth and plaster to create a home that captures rain water, uses only solar power to heat it and has a net positive impact on the environment. The video is in English but not the subtitles.
The homes are appropriately called Earth Ships, not just for the space ship type look many of the designs have but for the earth friendly approach of the design and architecture.
As the population of the world grows we need to consider how we will house, power and feed everyone when all of the earth’s resources are both limited and reaching depletion.
You can scale up the home size into a large home or even apartment complex simply by replicating the horseshoe type foundation design.
Take a look and see if there are some things that you may want to incorporate into a feature of your existing home or even decide to build a complete Earth Ship.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.