A conceptual sustainable home that generates both energy and food
This futuristic home concept, developed by Polifactory for British Columbia's 100 Mile House design competition, makes use of every sustainable technology imaginable to produce food and energy for its inhabitants. Dubbed HOUS.E+, the residence is constructed from rammed earth walls (using soil excavated on-site) that act like breathing structures that allow air exchange without significant heat loss, eliminating the need for air conditioning.
Designed for a rural site in Vancouver, the self-sustaining HOUS.E+ would use turbines embedded in the walls to produce geothermal electricity from water being pumped through a system of pipes. Additional electricity would be provided by rooftop photovoltaic panels that feeds excess energy back into the grid.
Meanwhile, an aquaponics farm around the home produces organic fish and food for the home's inhabitants, eliminating the need for transportation.
From the architects:
Hous.E+ is designed to combine 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.