Hous.E+ combines new and old techniques in order to create a not only a resourceful building regarding energy efficiency and sustainability but also well equipped to actively respond to future demands of smart grid systems where energy surplus is distributed and agriculture within the city is a reality.
Designed as a concept for a competition organized by The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia, this house it is based upon existing smart technologies, but explores different solutions that haven't been developed so far. As an example, the water resources is not only stored and re-used but also is part of a cycle that generates power throughout a series of wall embedded micro hydro-turbines. As well, Inhabitants would also be able to harvest their own food by cultivating an ecosystem of fish, seafood and plants beneath the surface of the water.
Hous.E+ is build upon a rammed earth wall technique that is unaffected by rain, fire or pests, plus it doesn't require any further finishing. Unnecessary transportation of materials is avoid making a significant difference into the overall carbon foot print emission balance. The walls act like breathing structures, allowing air exchange without significant heat loss, working naturally as a thermal mass, storing heat in winter and rejecting in the summer, eliminating the need for air conditioning.
Hous.E+ is set to produce more energy than it consumes.