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This home in Australia generates more energy than it uses

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The World’s first carbon-positive prefabricated house has been unveiled in Melbourne, Australia, and we really want to have a home like this.

Created
by Australian manufacturing company ArchiBlox, the prefab homes can be
ordered, built and delivered, ready to move in within 12 to 28 weeks.
The aim is to provide a simple, affordable and stylish way to help
people greatly reduce their carbon footprint.
The one-bedroom prototype features edible garden walls, rooftop solar
panels, a sunroom and rainwater recycling. It’s estimated that over its
lifespan, the Archi+ Carbon Positive House will generate more energy
than it took to build, and will offer the same environmental benefit as
planting 6,095 native Australian trees.
“Archi+ Carbon Positive
Houses will make significant contributions within society by addressing
the increasing levels of carbon emissions and the high levels of
embodied energy that come with the construction of a standard home,” the company told Dezeen.
Despite
the compact layout, which you can see in the floor plan below, the wood
and big, open windows manage to make the home seem pretty spacious and
light-filled.

But although it looks pretty sleek, every aspect of the
75-square-metre home has been cleverly designed to save energy. The
house is naturally cooled, using in-ground ‘cool tubes’ that pull cool
air from the Earth and circulate it around the house.
The fully
sealed property is also designed to face north, with a double-glazed
sunroom that forms a buffer of warm air that will help heat the home in
winter, and protect it from the harsh sunlight in summer.
From above, the roof is insulated with grassy plants, and it generates electricity through a solar panel on the roof.

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“We
have five kilowatts of solar power on the roof, edible gardens within
the house itself, so it can be a bit self-sufficient for food
production… green sliding walls,” architect Bill McCorkell told Simon Johanson from the Sydney Morning Herald
at the start of the month. “The whole house has been designed to
maximise solar gain. There are no fans, it’s all just naturally
ventilated, cooled and heated.”
Although it’s more expensive than a
regular prefab house, with prices starting at A$260,000, it’s generally
whole lot cheaper and easier than trying to design and build your own
carbon positive house from scratch.
See more pictures of the design below. So, when can we move in?

Sources: ArchiBlox, Dezeen, InhabitatThe Sydney Morning Herald

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