February 1, 2012

A sustainable home

I dream of living in a sustainable home some day.  In fact, we are a green family.  From cloth diapers to massive recycling, it's the way we think everyone should live, especially with all the information on climate change and limited resources we now possess.  And a sustainable home doesn't have to be a boring, unattractive place.  This home is living proof.

This magnificent house, designed by Zen Architects and inspired by the owner’s intuitive connection with landscape is located in Melbourne, Australia. Rainwater is collected and re-used in the garden and for plumbing systems throughout the house. Passive cooling and heating is provided by a two storey north facing void that allows sun to penetrate deep into the house, heating the exposed concrete floor and ceiling, and by windows that allow enough breeze to be cooled by the presence of courtyard plants and a pond. Just brilliant!

{Images via Archithings}

1 comment:

  1. I would love to live in a sustainable home one day. For now, budget constraints have me in an ancient rowhome (which I'm very grateful for) - not very energy efficient. In fact we even have the old school single pane windows. It makes for some quirky charm and high heating/cooling bills!