Green Homes of the Future

by: Heather on 04/29/2009
Posted in: Green Building

The Wall Street Journal asked four architects to let their imaginations run wild and design an energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable house of the future. The results are a fascinating blend of vision and creativity. For example, there's William McDonough's "Tree-House" with its photosynthetic outer layer which heats water and generates electricity while releasing oxygen into the atmosphere and a "root system" consisting of a ground-source heat-pump exchange system buried in the yard.

Also worth a look is the Incredible Edible House created by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Their "Home-Grown" approach incorporates a garden facade with a wide variety of nourishing plants which also provide shade and cooling. A rooftop reservoir collects water and keeps the building cool, while rooftop windmills generate energy. I want to live in this house! It reminds me of The Integral Urban House - a fascinating project undertaken in Berkeley in the early 1970's where residents grew their own fruits and vegetables, raised chickens, rabbits, and fish, recycled 90% of their waste, solar heated their hot water, and used a variety of other alternative technologies -- all on a 1/8-acre city lot.

If you're interested in green building but looking for something a little less futuristic, check out some of our great green building titles by clicking on one of the cover images below.

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