Sustainable luxury, the word might seem like an oxymoron, but it’s true. Yes, sustainable luxury truly exists and house designers and architects from all around the world are making it happen. For a house to be green and luxurious at the same time, it should follow either of two approaches. Either it should consist completely of natural or reclaimed materials, or by contributing positively to the environment around it, it should make up for its carbon emissions. Most of the so-called green houses succeed in only one of these objectives. However, eco-friendly homes like Hana Hideaway achieve them both. Read on to find out more about such houses.
Hana Hideaway is a custom eco-friendly home for a tranquil stay in Old Hawaii. This highly environmental dwelling situates far-off from the bustle of city traffic and all other ‘civilizational’ noises. You can enjoy the lush green oasis, serene ambiance and chuckling ocean near you in the Hana Hideaway, which is for sale.
This custom cottage is the best place for you to spend your vacation days with your family. The home is built with open beam ceilings. Therefore, occupants can boundlessly enjoy the blessed air, natural warmth, and light. However, the home’s platform is solid and rock thanks to the use of long-lasting bamboo materials.
Further adding to the green aspects of Hana, it mounts solar panels to generate power from sunlight. In addition, to meet the emergency power requirements, the dwelling has a connection to Maui Electric. Furthermore, it also has a connection to the Maui county water supply.
The Hana home highlights an advanced built-in irrigation system as well. Watering the green lawns, flower and foliage trees will be a pleasing job for you. But, thanks to the light early morning showers of the place, you won’t often have to go for watering.
A new cedar deck also adds to the perfection of the Hana Hideaway. This is the area you can relax and enjoy the nature and its warmness directly. The Hana house is a cool place for living, indeed. It is mainly a wood frame edifice and it spreads across 700 square feet on about 3/4 of an acre of land.
Some more green dwelling options like Hana Hideaway
1. Green residential house by Solara
Most of the new residential complexes that are mushrooming up are trying, in some way or the other, to promote greenery, realizing how very vital that is for the environment in the recent times.
The Community housing works called Solara has really taken this task seriously. As you can see, it looks gorgeous. This apartment complex has a total of 56 houses. It’s affordable too. You can purchase the apartment for one, two or three bedrooms and lying in a strategic site, with public transport through the harbor, near the commercial center, schools, the library and recreation centers. Most importantly, it’s eco-friendly.
Every trace of material that goes into building this apartment complex is recycled! Moreover, it also employs water conservations method. Furthermore, it has many other green characteristics like passive solar orientation, ceiling frescoes, electronic windows, Energy Star appliances and hot water boilers without tank. This seems to be just the right kind of setup in this age of water and power shortage.
You think that’s all they have done to make the apartment complex eco-friendly? No way. These guys have really stretched themselves. They sport carpets made in recycled clothes, air conditioning system of free chlorine, mechanical ventilation, in addition to the finished paintings which are entirely organic.
2. Zero House
Zero-house generates its own electrical power, collects its own water, processes its own waste products, and is completely automatic. Conceived by architect Scott Specht, AIA, zeroHouse has everything you could ever ask for in a modern, green home.
You can ship the 650 square-foot home to a site on two flatbed trailers and put up in a day. It’s not meant to be austere, either, because with the Zero-house, you’ll have air conditioning/heat for two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a kitchen/dining room, and a living room.
ZeroHouse is an off-grid, modern dream. It is prefabricated. Furthermore, the design calls upon a helical-anchor foundation system that touches the ground at four points, withstanding winds of up to 140 mph. The helical-anchor foundation makes the ZeroHouse suitable for sloping locations or sites with water up to 10-feet deep. The solar system stores energy in an onboard bank of batteries, which can sustain the home for a week without sunlight. Another cool feature of the home is its “hibernate” mode, which conserves power while maintaining the necessary electrical functions.
The mkLotus is a modular house. It was presented in the residential building and expo show in San Francisco. This house is the brainchild of a very well known architect Michele Kaufman. The designer used efficient materials to reduce energy consumption in the house. The house is modular in nature and thus uses less material.
The foam insulation of the house provides the heating and cooling effect to the house and thus makes it more energy efficient.
4. Prefab M House
The M House is a modular house which is a complex building system. The house has been designed by Epiphyte lab. It consists of economical and sustainable material. It uses plywood of standard widths which minimizes waste. There are panels which have their place between the ribs of the house structure. In addition, you can easily fit them with planters and solar panels. These along with the windows are open to customization and one can alter them according to the requirement.
5. La Maison House
The La Maison house has been designed by architect Patrick Nadeau who resides in Paris. The house is in the shape of a hump which is covered by plants. The house is covered with vegetation which provides thermal insulation to the house without using any energy. The plant cover protects the inhabitants of the house from the cold of the winter and the heat of summers.
6. Air krete maine
Michael Morgenstern owns, maintains and operates the Air Krete Maine house. He is very famous for building green houses and developing sustainable energy-efficient designs. In addition, Air Krete uses green foam technology for insulation which is highly energy-efficient and eco-friendly too.
7. Zeth: Temporary solar home with natural insulation
Zeth’s design has been inspired from the concept of zero emissions. It is a solar house which does not emit carbon residue. Along with this, the design of the house can be easily set up. The temporary nature of this house makes it very valuable during disasters. Furthermore, the Zeth house is very easy to set up and can be easily assembled or disassembled. As it works on solar energy, this house is environmentally friendly. The house uses a natural insulation system like air circulation and shades.