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A prefabricated house that’s as green as planting 6,095 trees

Posted on 04 June 2015.

This bioclimatic prefabricated house proves that ecology and design are a good match - and limits its residents’ carbon footprint.

In addition to natural ventilation, an ingenious system of tubes hidden in the soil collects cool air and redistributes it through the house when it's hot.

Carbon positive goes hand in hand with ultra-contemporary design in this prefabricated house – and all delivered ready to move into! Designed by ArchiBlox, an Australian construction company, the Carbon Positive House provides the same environmental benefits as planting 6,095 native Australian trees. If it reaches the end of its estimated life expectancy of 105 years it will emit 1,000 times less CO2 than a standard house.

Naturally hot and cold

How? In particular by concentrating on the three commandments of bioclimatic architecture: build with common sense, nothing but common sense... and use the free, renewable and inexhaustible energy provided by the sun. Very compact, and on one level -- because it makes it easier to heat or cool the house as required - the Carbon Positive House has a wide porch over its entire width. North facing, it serves as a buffer zone. When it's cold, the warmth from the sun accumulates there. The heat recovered is then distributed into the living rooms located on the south side, hidden behind a modular panel. And to let in light but not suffer from the harsh summer heat, this other space is only open to the outside on the east-facing side.

Flawless air quality

Plants were planted on the roof to help maintain an even temperature and regulate rainwater. And again, the sun was put to good use. Solar sensors are connected directly to a water heater and to photovoltaic panels produce electricity. Even the vegetable garden on the west facade, with no windows, plays a role as it absorbs the sun’s rays in summer. In the entrance, inside, another vegetable garden helps to remove any pollution from the air and improves its quality, as does the wood selected for its lack of toxicity and sourced from sustainably managed forests. An ecological, passive house that generates more energy than it consumes: a standard that is expected to become the construction industry norm in France... from 2020.