What does your dream house look like? Is it covered in solar panels? Surrounded by plants? Flooded with light? Maybe it’s all about location–tucked into the forest or perched on the coastline. It can be a mobile home or an eco friendly home? Our homes are more than just steel and wood. They represent a place of belonging, a place where we rest, gather and make memories. We’ve recently spent more time thinking about our home, and how it can reflect our values. We want a home that allows us to reduce our environmental footprint and live more simply, while at the same time being a space where we love to spend our time. As the effects of climate change are felt across the world and with the construction industry is responsible for as much as 40 percent of man-made carbon emissions, both governments and individuals are beginning to take the task of building eco friendly houses much more seriously.
In the last decade, eco products have become all the rage as people make an effort to be kinder to the environment, as well as their wallets. A green home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. And also focuses on the efficient use of “energy, water, and building materials.” Green homes have become more prevalent as green affordable housing emerges.
These 10 Eco Friendly Homes with Dreamy Interiors You’ll want to Hide Away In Forever inspire us with their future focused attention to simplicity, design and care for the planet.
1. Eco Friendly Retreat in Ontario by Altius Architecture
2. Gordon Weima Designs a House Addition in Ottawa
House Addition is a stunning, homey residential project located in Ottawa, Canada. It was completed in early 2016 by architectural and interior design teams associated with
3. Thomas Eco-House by Designs Northwest Architects
Stanwood-based studio Designs Northwest Architects has completed the
In order to improve efficiency for heating and cooling, the house uses a geothermal heat pump tied in with a hydronic heating system. The system uses air from a subterranean chamber which uses the insulating properties of the earth to provide a more stable temperature for operating the heat pump. A geothermal heat pump can be up to 45% more efficient than a traditional heat pump which uses ambient air. The heat pump is tied in with a high efficiency boiler which supplies heated water through a piping system embedded in the concrete floor. This hydronic heating system uses an estimated 30% less energy than an equivalent forced air system. The house is also wired to receive solar panels and or wind turbine energy though these were not installed at this time due to budget constraints.
4. Eco-Friendly Crossbox House by CG Architectes
The Crossbox by French Architect firm
This project is a prototype of a Three-dimensional modular and industrialized house, built with four 40’shipping containers. The aim of this project is to build a low cost architect’s housing with high focus on environmental issues. With a industrial approach, the construction time is reduced, as the prices are getting down.
Each volume presents a very simple design: living area on the ground floor, and three bedrooms on the first floor. The crossing of the two boxes provides a covered entrance and a carport.”
5. North London Eco House by SHH
The 3,000 square foot home was designed for a couple and their two young children, and has won the
According to the architects: “A new-build £1.1m house in North London for private clients, which seeks to go beyond the legal requirements for green and energy-saving technologies in new-build properties and to embody the best in stylish but eco-friendly contemporary housing solutions. These included solar panels to heat water; a geo-thermal heat pump with boreholes, which uses the natural underground earth temperature both to heat and cool the house; a rainwater harvesting system, which reuses water for irrigation and WC flushing; improved building fabric U-values; energy-efficient lighting and a cedar terrace deck with sedum planting around the perimeter. The brief for the scheme was to create the ideal family home for a couple (with two young children), who had always wanted to have a home built from scratch to answer their precise needs.
6. Energy Efficient Contemporary Home in Phoenix
This 5,981 square foot two-story residence was
7. Eco-Golf House 3D Rendering by Studio Aiko
Founded by Yair Alony and Meny Hilsenrad,
8. An Eco-Friendly Home in a Village Close to the Sea in North Holland
The W.I.N.D. House is a private residence designed by
The elevated position of the open plan living areas enhances the views to the exterior. Each of the four facades, curve towards the inside to create four distinct petal-like wings. These curving recesses are visually connected to each other through their view lines, which cross at the heart of the building. The vertical organisation of the building follows a centrifugal split-level principle. An open staircase at the centre of the house connects the front and back wings.
9. An Eco-Friendly Home on the Sunshine Coast
Stealth House is located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Completed in 2015, it was designed by
10. Modern Eco-Home for Three Generations in Vantaa, Finland
House Savukvartsi is a residential project that was built and designed by the architectural and interiors firm