Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on July 15, 2008
Here’s a green home design from Italy that looks like the typical set-up we’ve been seeing for new homes – an all-glass main floor with something more private on top. But while it’s reportedly won an international competition, I haven’t been able to figure out what exactly makes it green.
Maybe it’s the use of the sun. Current design trends take advantage of solar energy by strategically placing glass and incorporating the surrounding landscape to provide a cooling effect when necessary. But even the company inadvertently admits that the real e-factor in a house is the placement, paying attention to available sun and shade.
Most important in terms of efficiency is the size. At about 1,400 square feet, this house has plenty of room for a family of four (but it will remain unpalatable to most bigger-is-better American households.)
I foresee other problems. Unless there’s some kind of super-efficient glass available, this house is not designed for cold climates. Likewise, I’m not a big fan of having my life on display — as if I were the animal in some kind of urban/suburban zoo — so those looking for more privacy will need to keep looking. If you live in rural area, however, this house would be a great starting point. Also, we’ll certainly need some room somewhere within to store the many products of a consumer society.
While there are currently no plans to make this a reality in the U.S., it seems it’s not my bag. But if it’s yours, you can find out more here.