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4 Amazing Australian Eco Houses

We aren’t 100% sure of the reality of the situation regarding Global Warming, but whether it exists or not, we can still benefit the environment by thinking green. Even the houses being built as we speak aren’t taking full advantage of the eco technology available. These are four Australian houses that the modern designer/architect could think about and incorporate the eco methods into their future builds.

Eco Cabin – Bundeena

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Bundeena – Fantastic Designed Eco House

This eco home is a place of stunning natural beauty. Developers of the Elandra tract actually struck gold and were granted permission to build 15 of these cabins, all with views out across the beach.

They are based on timber-frames and are pushed into the sloping dunes, sitting on stilts. Eco elements were obviously a major consideration, so the site and its surrounding trees were preserved as far as possible. Water collection tanks are integral, and the plumbing is fed from recycled rainwater, while sustainable wood timbers are used throughout the whole construction.

 

House on an Artificial Hill – Melbourne

Oh My a Eco House on a Hill

Architect Andrew Maynard managed to bring the hill to this ultra-cool raised house near Melbourne. This artificial hill raises this eco genius to great new heights. It’s a striking black main structure is precariously placed at the top of the hill, where it looks as though it could tip either way. This addition to the home looks toward the main structure, but being raised, it enjoys fantastic views of the gardens. The interior is as innovative as the exterior, featuring an open layout that lets you marvel at all its quirks. To access the upper level, an industrial-style spiral staircase at the centre of the structure is the icing on the cake. It even has a rooftop garden! Apart from looking stunning, this tremendous add-on has an eco plan. Sun facing, the upper volume acts as the solar eave, blocking out the summer sun whilst letting warming winter sun flood in to heat the home naturally.

 

Bridge House – Adelaide

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Fantastic Bridge House

Bridge House bridges (no pun intended) the gap between innovation and architecture. This contemporary design is a combination of a house and a bridge, reaching across a river valley just outside Adelaide. The clients not only demanded these unusual design requests, but also wanted its environmental surroundings preserved in their natural state. The long glasshouse extends from one side of the valley to the other, without impeding the views of the river below, or the surrounding trees. Numerous sustainable solutions to living were also incorporated, including natural ventilation and cooling fans, thermal windows and heat-absorbing floors to heat the house during winter, and locally sourced products and recyclable materials were used for the build. A rainwater recycling system is used to save water, and photovoltaic cells are used to power the house, off the main grid. Solar hot water panels on the roof provide the home with heated water at little cost, too.

Many domestic properties on the market will have Eco features such as energy saving heating and hot water and you can take inspiration from these homes to make your own places better for the environment look online for some ideas from real estate in Aderlaide providers to see what is available in the current market, you can Eco your own home to.

The Leura House – Sydney

Classic Styled and Zero Carbon Footprint Home

Classic Styled and Zero Carbon Footprint Home

This wonderful home, designed by Australian architect James Stockwell, is a contemporary structure inspired by the age-old geology of Sydney’s Blue Mountain area. The open space concept is devoid of any boundaries between rooms, and the doors are hidden from view. Aesthetics aside, this modern home’s main focus is definitely all about function – it’s designed to contain the owners, their children and an amazing twelve grandchildren! Eco-friendly aspects were a major consideration, smart and sustainable features like “rammed earth” walls for insulation just one of the many eco elements. Passive heating and cooling techniques supported by hydronic heating and cooling, as well as the building’s ability to product its own energy off the main grid makes this a truly magnificent piece of architectural genius.

 

Fantastic Sustainable Eco Home in Ipswitch

4 Super Environmentally Friendly Houses in the UK

Malator in Druidstone, Wales

‘Future Pod Design in the Earth’ in the Welsh Valleys

Touted as an architectural masterpiece, contemporary houses don’t come as cool looking as this capsule embedded in the ground. From the outside it looks like a pod from a sci-fi movie, and the same goes for the interior. It’s turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway gave it the nickname ‘ Teletubby house’ from the locals. Whilst looking futuristic, Malator’s design is very simple, essentially based around one room divided by prefabricated coloured pods. Although a modern concept, the pod manages to meld in with its natural surroundings.

Sustainable House Project  – Ipswich

Fantastic Sustainable Eco Home in Ipswitch

Fantastic Sustainable Eco Home in Ipswitch

This eco friendly and energy efficient development forms part of an innovative project of individual quality houses. It’s a detached three-storey property with 4/5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility, Hall, and a balcony overlooking the garden. Outside features ample car parking. This new development of eco-friendly home is proving to continue to be very popular. The house is crafted using natural materials, allowing the traditional character to shine through.

Solar panels and LED lights help reduce energy outage, and all the walls and floors are heavily insulated, retaining any heat. The accommodation makes the most of all light with large windows, glazed porches and internal balconies. Eco Houses for sale in the Ipswitch area at Zoopla are plentiful and you will be able to find your own build.

 Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast

Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast

Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast

This amazing looking house is said to be the future in houses. Sedum house is set in steep sand hill inland in North Norfolk Coast, where the earth hides deep within itself all the bedrooms of the property. Sedum House has ground level windows. Another great design consideration was focussing the main point around the sun. The impressive wooden hood covers the main living rooms on the first floor – this keeps the heat off the glass windows during summer, but in winter the house is not devoid of any sunlight. Four bedrooms of the house are buried in the tunnel, the ground cover provides energy free insulation. Not only energy efficient but very cool looking.

The ‘Zero Carbon House’ Project

The 'Zero Carbon House' Project

The ‘Zero Carbon House’ Project

This project has been designed and constructed as a highly efficient and low embodied energy house set on Unst, Shetland. It features a carbon energy system, which compromises of two micro wind turbines, an air to water heat pump, water battery heat store and control system. Taking Eco a step further, a high technology greenhouse for local food production has been erected. Food will be grown throughout the year inside, no soil or peat needed, as this high tech will do the job with just nutrients, water and LED lighting. They even went as far as using thermal imaging to identify any heat leaks within the structure.