Throughout the world, there is a wonderful range of eco-homes that are truly inspirational. While many of these houses do not come cheaply, they are characterised by incredible attention to detail and, in the long run, they make it possible for their owners to enjoy reduced energy costs.
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Here are just a few of these amazing wonders:
Plastic Bottle House, Honduras
In Honduras, 8,000 PET plastic water bottles were used to construct the Plastic Bottle House. This house is the first of its type and is filled with mud and covered by a grass roof. The grass roof is understood to improve the air quality, control the internal temperature of the house, increase energy efficiency and provide a strategy for the management of stormwater.
This house also features a solar hot water system and compost toilets which are self-sustaining.
White Steel Villa, Costa Rica
Located twenty kilometres from the closest city, the steel villa at Playa Carate in Costa Rica is completely self-sufficient. This home is entirely reliant on its water, sanitation and energy systems. A nearby forest provides water and a couple of hydroelectric turbines and photovoltaic solar panels equip the home with sufficient electricity.
Casa Mar Azul, Argentina
In the forest in Mar Azul in Argentina, an eco-home capitalises on the presence of pine trees. In this location, the pine trees support the preservation of the natural environment.
At this home, the large windows featured at the front of the property take advantage of the sunlight available and rainwater is collected in a water tank. The insulation of sound is enabled through the use of concrete.
Inside the home, sustainability is further emphasised with the use of recycled Canadian pinewood.
Hof Residence, Iceland
To manage the incredibly low temperatures experienced in Iceland, the use of stone and concrete for the walls of the Hof Residence helps to insulate the home through the storage of heat. Hydroelectric turbines and geothermal energy power the residence. The energy sources also use water to heat the property and ensure that a range of activities can be carried out.
This property features large windows which serve two important purposes. The windows take advantage of the sunlight available and deliver incredible views of the mountains close by. At this property too, heat loss is minimised through grass being planted on the roof.
Marcus Beach House, Australia
Designed by Bark Design Architects, the availability of natural sunlight is prioritised and featured at this home. Here, doors and windows have been strategically placed to not only capitalise on light but also maximise draft.
Of course, Australian summers can be unforgiving and harsh, so sunshades are used to block out much sunlight at the height of summer. Inside the house, gardens are plentiful and exist to improve air quality and enhance biodiversity.
Throughout the world, eco-homes have been built after careful planning to use the natural resources of their locations. In these homes, sustainable living is paramount and energy costs are generally substantially reduced.