Energy Efficient House Design

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Mnemeth

Mnemeth

Rider of the Currents

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This is an offshoot of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Design the energy efficient house of tomorrow?
I say start with the power system. Solar, wind (problematic in quite a few areas), other, also connected to power grid?
Go onto the plumbing, and attached appliances: on demand water heating systems, low water usage washer,
and to networking and monitoring, security, home theater, music, information flow, types of information that are accesible
Structure - wood, steel, concrete, oyster shell (yes there are homes built from this material), other
Roof - ashphalt shingles, metal, wood, other
Windows, blinds, insulation, bathrooms, etc..., etc...

I'm really interested to see ideas for these things. Think outside the box, use todays tech and theorize where it will be 10, 15 ,30 years from now.

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  • Aug 01, 2006

kuroimisa

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Those are a few things you could do to make a house ecologically sustainable/ energy efficient. There are other things you'd need to consider though:

-what the house is actually made of (hopefully materials from low embodied energy sources and renewable sources- even better, recycled materials),
-a rainwater collector, or a V shaped roof to collect rainwater which can then be heated (or steriled by sunlight),
- zero air conditioning and reliance on natural ventilation,
-getting the solar aspects correct for maximum solar gain in winter and shade in summer
-thermal mass in the walls of the building
(to keep the house warm at night, or to cool quickly in hot climates- cuts down use of heating)
-feedback loop system for water and recycling
(grey water ie water used for washing can be doubled up as water for the garden, or even water used to flush toilets instead of sweeping down ~6L of fresh water down with effluent)

It's a slow process because there are so many buildings nowadays that waste lots of energy. These energy efficient houses would probably still won't be 100% efficient, but it's always worth a try :P

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Mnemeth

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Well, I wouldn't try shooting for 100% efficiency (since thats only theoretically possible as teh real world tends to display entropy in all systems) but something like 80 to 85% efficiency would be a more likely scenario. Keep those ideas coming.

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  • Aug 01, 2006

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