Consume, consume, consume. We’ve become very good at it. But what if we took a step back and realized that it doesn’t have to be this way? We can spend less money, have more, and give back to Mother Earth while doing it. A house where electric bills are just so passé? Yes please!
ZEB Pilot House is the outcome of a collaboration between the architecture and design firm Snøhetta, Scandinavia’s largest independent research body, SINTEF, Zero Emission Building (ZEB) partner Brødrene Dahl, and Optimera. This plus-energy home generates enough extra energy to power an electric car all year long. Residing in Larvik, Norway, this 200-square-meter home is powered by both geothermal and rooftop solar energy.
Designed by ArchiBox, the solar panel-topped Carbon Positive House is Australia’s very first carbon-positive prefab home. All 800-square-feet of the house generate more energy than they consume while also soaking up significant amounts of natural light via the double-glazed facade. A green roof and vertical garden walls provide proper insulation and shade. Inside the home you’ll find an interior that offers materials and fixtures that are energy efficient, sustainably sourced, and non-toxic to boot.
“Heliotrope plants have blossoms or leaves, which turn themselves with the rotation of the sun. That is also exactly what the Heliotrope can do!” reads a statement on the website, which also says this energy-plus solar home in Freiburg, Germany, was the very first home in the world to produce more energy than it expends. The home rotates 180 degrees to follow the sun’s path and take full advantage of solar panel efficiency. A 6.6 kWH rooftop solar array is responsible for the home’s plus-energy status, while solar thermal tubing heats the home’s water radiators.
This home in Cannon Beach, Oregon, has incredible ocean views and southern solar exposure. Boasting a green roof, energy-efficient design, and sustainably sourced materials, this award-winning abode is also net-zero. The home was designed to last multiple generations for the client, while also taking into consideration their love of materials and forms found in nature.