Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:47 PM PST
A sustainable architecture design of house was made by Tongji University Team from China. The combination concepts from eastern philosophy and western thought were used, creating a unique design with high sustainability and low carbon emission.
The idea of this green architecture building design is combining the Dao theory and theories of Michel Foucault. The result is a combination of multi-layer skin building, where the layers separate the building into four spaces : the outer space, the semi-open space, the enclosed space and the inner courtyard space.
The semi-open space covers the solar photovoltaics, ventilation, shading components, and also the greenery which is set on vertical position. The material used is from bamboo, and there are wetland water system under the open deck and mist spraying system to create cooler effect of wind blow.
The enclosed space covers almost all of the functional spaces with few doors and walls, just like an open floor plan concept. The inner courtyard houses the the 'active' equipment and the electric room, also provides access to natural lighting and ventilation, creating a good balance between outdoor and indoor.
The skin of this eco architecture house consists of three layers, an energy responsive skin outside, an environmental protective skin in the middle, and a courtyard skin in the inner. So, it will need different strategies on applying active and passive system for the house. The position of some sustainable features, and the sustainable materials will affect the system. For examples, the strategy on placing the solar panels and some other features for the energy skin, the using of good insulation materials for the protective skin, etc.
With all of its features and detail calculation, this sustainable design should can provide good impact, especially for higher energy efficiency and lower carbon emission.
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