My following article below was originally published by SERIOUS WONDER:
As we continue growing as a technological society, our emphasis on nature and the environment must grow in tandem. For many our society is locked in a war between the industrial age and our planet’s well-being, given an increase in the uproar people are displaying against climate change. Times are changing, and our survival depends on us keeping up.
With this understanding, future architecture must begin adhering to specific conditions, and luckily one home in particular stands as a great example – the ZEB Pilot House!
“To achieve ZEB-OM classification the project is required to document and verify a minimum of 100% CO2 offsetting. Renewable energy production via photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels integrated in the building envelope enables offsetting of carbon emissions generated by the burning of fossil fuels in power stations. By offsetting in this manner we reduce emission of other greenhouse gasses simultaneously.” – Snøhetta
Located in Larvik, Norway, the ZEB Pilot Home’s size is 200m². ZEB stands for Zero Emission Buildings, in which the home is largely made up of photovoltaic and solar-thermal panels. Not only does this allow the home to produce zero amounts of carbon emission, but subsequently accumulates more energy than it ever uses. This ranks the home as what is known as a “plus home.”
The thermal mass built within the home helps stabilize the temperature, while the floor-stored radiators in each room ensures a proximate amount of heat to keep the home warm during freezing temperatures. Each material used internally and externally were specifically chosen to establish both good air and aesthetic qualities. alongside indoor-climate affirmation. To give it that cabin presence, masking the futuristic latency inside, the outside walls are covered with red brick and stacked firewood.
“The house in the garden has a characteristic tilt towards southeast and a sloping roof surface clad with solar panels and collectors. These elements, together with geothermal energy from energy wells in the ground, will serve the energy needs of the family house and generate enough surplus to power an electric car year-round! For this to become a successful reality, architecture and technology must come together and ensure optimization of both comfort and energy use.” – Snøhetta