Five of the world’s most eco-friendly homes

These days, building a home involves much more than a flowing floor plan and a unique design.

Home owners are taking more time to think about the eco-impact their new build will have on the environment and how they can cut costs by building sustainably.

And inspiration isn’t too far away. With some clever thinking and close attention to detail, building an eco-friendly home may be easier than you think.

Here are some of the most eco-friendly builds from around the world:

The Solar Fish House, Singapore

This eco-friendly, seafront home has been designed to embrace Singapore’s intense tropical climate. Designed by Guz Architects, the home was built to help those who live there feel close to nature and embrace the natural light and ocean breezes.

Image credit: Guz Architects

The Equinox House, Bulgaria

This home, designed by BIGNATOV, has been built directly with the sun in mind. The angled windows across the glass frontage maximise energy from the sun in winter, but limit the heat in summer. This system, known as passive solar heating, along with outstanding insulation reduces the need for heating.
The home also features extra low energy consumption and has a green roof planted with local grasses.

Image credit: BIGNATOV 

Recycled Concrete Tubohotel, Mexico

While this isn't a house, the simple design offers great food for thought. This hotel is made from recycled concrete tubes. Why would you want to spend the night in a concrete tube? Well, this hotel is one of a kind. Apart from being an interesting build the hotel offers an incredible view of the Sierra del Tepozteco mountain range at a budget hotel price for just 500 pesos or $43 USD per night.

Although concrete isn’t typically considered a green building material, the fact that the tubes are recycled makes it an extremely eco-friendly build that was constructed in just three months.

Image credit: Tubohotel

Banana House, Thailand

This home truly embraces the environment that it is built in. The design, by Thai architects Pailin Paijitsattaya and Kanin Amboon of Architectkidd, combines traditional methods of harvesting and processing of the banana plant with modern design.

The facade of the 3-storey building is built using hand woven banana plants, which work as shutters to keep the sun out while providing ventilation and privacy.

These shutters are made using a double twisting-technique making them durable and strong while the pattern was designed to allow for natural ventilation.

Image credit: Architectkidd

NEAThouse designs, Australia

With an impressive energy rating of 8.1, this home has all the environmental and design elements covered.

It was built using recycled building materials, timber from sustainable sources, low-VOC finishes, low-e windows with thermal break, and a waterwise garden making it not only a beautiful space to live in, but extremely good to the environment.

Image credit: Neat House

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