Characterized by Australian modular building expert ArchiBlox as the world’s first carbon-positive prefab living unit, the Archi+Carbon Positive House is designed to be self-sustainable. According to the project developers, the new project “provides the option for a more environmentally-conscious design, through both reducing embodied energy that accompanies new-home construction and maintaining positive-energy production.” The photos below depict the project entitled ‘Carbon House 01’, the first out of four models envisioned so far.
Reducing heating and cooling costs is cleverly achieved through a series of passive design strategies, without compromising in style and overall appearance. These include in-ground cool tubes, sliding edible garden walls to reduce sunlight infiltration, and a green roof for increased thermal insulation. “Additional gains in thermal performance are achieved through the structures’ air-tightness which sustains the heat or cool inside and a ‘buffer zone’ which separates the thermal conditions of the exterior and interior areas. Further sustainability is achieved through double-glazed and thermally broken windows, solar power utilization, and water recycling implementation”, explained the architects.
With a total living surface of 53 square meters (plus a 23 square-meter deck ), one living area, kitchen, dining zone, one bedroom and one bathroom, this sustainable unit is a cozy place to call home. [Photography by Tom Ross]