Friday, 12 June 2009
Green roofs seem to be in every architects mind for the moment, judging not only from the ongoing exhibition “The Future of Architecture is Green” at Louisiana Museum outside Copenhagen. And of course green roofs do a lot of good, for the climate as well as for the people in the building, who get their own green spot. But are green roofs always for the better? Or are they being used as a form of "greenwrapping" to put buildings where they shouldn't be? Look at Treehugger under slideshows and judge for yourself.
Image: The building hiding under this green roof is the Nanyang University School of Art in Singapore.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
The world’s first zero carbon emisson house lives in Denmark. The Active House, as it’s called, was developed to be a more comfortable and user-friendly response to the Passive House, which has set the standard for sustainable living in the last decade. Passive houses rely on incredibly effective insulation, plus a heat exchanger that warms fresh air on the way in during winter. A true Passive House has no conventional heating system because, in theory, it doesn't need one. In practice, owners tend to install back-up systems, because it's no fun even to risk being cold.
Rikke Lildholdt, project manager for the Active House, says "This is about living a comfortable life in a house that produces more energy than it uses."
Solar panels warm underfloor heating. Fifty square metres of solar cells generate electricity. Computer-controlled windows automatically regulate internal temperature.
British journalist Andrew Purcell doesn’t believe his eyes. In The Guardian he writes: “This is the last place you would expect to find the solar-powered home of the future. Lystrup, a suburb of Denmark's second city, Aarhus, is grey from street to sky. The spring sun, hidden behind a bank of clouds, barely seems strong enough to run a pocket calculator, let alone meet the energy needs of a family of four. But it is here that a dream of zero-carbon living is being realised.”
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
A lamp that “burst into blossom” when your energy comsumption has been low for some time, isn’t that a great way to increase energy awareness? The Flower Lamp, developed in the research project Static! at the Interactive Institute in collaboration with Front Design, is now included in the collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris, and will be exhibited at elles@centrepompidou until May 24 th 2010. Now all there’s missing is a producer.