ARCHIBLOX UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST CARBON POSITIVE HOME
When a home is built from the ground up, there are many things to consider. Comfort, space and practicality are just a few, but the architects at Archiblox have used their experience and expertise to deliver a sustainable, prefabricated home that is like no other. Combining space and form with sustainability, Archiblox have unveiled a smart yet flexible home that produces more energy than it uses. Aptly named the Archi+ Carbon Positive House, the home combines a green roof with solar panels to maximise its power output.
However, the home’s smart functions do not stop there. The design incorporates in-ground cool tubes to assist in the cooling of the home, sliding ‘edible’ garden walls to prevent overexposure to the sun and hard-wired data lines that reduce electromagnetic radiation. The world’s first ever carbon positive prefabricated home is a compact one, built up of spaces that incorporate moving joinery, so they can expand and contract depending on the inhabitant’s preference at the time. The little building has a lot going on, with a bedroom, bathroom, living area, kitchen, dining area, laundry space, cabinetry and a sunroom all neatly laid out inside. The small size means there is less energy from electricity and heating required to maintain the home as an inhabitable space. The natural feel of the house is emphasised by the rays of sunlight that fill the living areas, along with the fresh air that flows from one space to another. According to Archiblox, the home’s eco-friendly approach is equivalent to the planting of 6095 trees, 267 cars being taken off the road, 135 zero energy Australian homes for one year, or 31,000,000 balloons of CO2 gas being removed from the atmosphere.
The company told Dezeen magazine that the home would make dramatic changes, stating, “Archi+ Carbon Positive Houses will make significant contributions within society by addressing the increasing levels of carbon emissions and the high levels of embodied energy that come with the construction of a standard home.” The prototype is currently installed in Melbourne’s City Square, where passersby can see the ‘edible wall’, an entire surface dedicated to planting pots that are home to a range of plants, herbs and vegetables.