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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.

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