From Architect Matthew Barnett Howland website:
Cork House embodies a strong whole life approach to sustainability, from resource through to end-of-life. Expanded cork is a pure bio-material made with waste from cork forestry. The bark of the cork oak is harvested by hand every nine years without harming the tree or disturbing the forest. This gentle agro-industry sustains the Mediterranean cork oak landscapes, providing a rich biodiverse habitat that is widely recognised. This compelling ecological origin of expanded cork is mirrored at the opposite end of the building’s lifecycle. The construction system is dry-jointed, so that all 1,268 blocks of cork can be reclaimed at end-of-building-life for re-use, recycling, or returning to the biosphere.
Completed in 2019, Cork House was designed by Matthew Barnett Howland with Dido Milne and Oliver Wilton.
Cork House is a brand new and radically simple form of plant-based construction. Monolithic walls and corbelled roofs are made almost entirely from solid load-bearing cork. This highly innovative self-build construction kit is designed for disassembly, is carbon-negative at completion and has exceptionally low whole life carbon.
To read more: https://www.matthewbarnetthowland.com/
From a Dezeen.com online review:
Stilt Studios are small homes on stilts, which could be erected in a variety of different places without causing any damage to the landscape.
“This situation calls for us to tread lightly through prefab ‘PropTech’ structures that could be packed up and re-erected someplace else,” he told Dezeen. “Someone could also put this unit into their garden and possibly start a little side business for themselves.”
Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has developed a concept for prefabricated homes that could easily be taken apart and reassembled in a new location.
The design follows the principles of the circular economy, which calls for products and materials to be kept in use as long as possible, for there to be no waste or pollution, and for natural environments to be restored.
To read more: https://www.dezeen.com/2019/11/09/stilt-studios-alexis-dornier-prefab-houses/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Dezeen&utm_content=Daily%20Dezeen+CID_4addbf275a17655a1d05980d3103681c&utm_source=Dezeen%20Mail&utm_term=Alexis%20Dornier%20designs%20prefab%20homes%20on%20stilts%20that%20could%20be%20moved%20from%20place%20to%20place
Froom a Dwell.com online article:
To meet Passive House standards, the Cousins River Residence features an airtight building envelope, triple-glazed windows with a u-value of 0.16, a heat recovery ventilation system with 90% efficiency, and a 4.6 kW south-facing photovoltaic array on the garage roof that makes the house nearly net-zero energy.
With their three children grown up and out of the house, Nico and Ellen Walsh were ready to downsize from their old Victorian home to a smaller abode better aligned with their environmentally friendly principles.
The heart of every GO Home is a highly insulated, air-sealed building shell designed to use 90 percent less energy than a conventional new house, even in chilly northern New England. On sites with a favorable southern exposure, adding a modest array of photovoltaic panels yields a zero-energy home.
When the couple spotted Belfast-based design-build firm GO Logic’s LEED Platinum GO Home on the cover of Maine Home and Design Magazine, they instantly fell in love with the modern high-performance design and the possibilities of a nearly net-zero energy house.
To read more: https://www.dwell.com/article/cousins-river-residence-go-logic-opal-eead5541?utm_medium=email&utm_source=postup&utm_campaign=&list=1
From a Mario Cucinella Architects online release:
Designed by MC A and engineered and built by WASP, TECLA will be the first house to be entirely 3D printed using locally sourced clay – a biodegradable and recyclable ‘km 0 natural’ material which will effectively make the building zero-waste. It will be built to adapt to multiple environments, and it will be suitable for self-production through the use of WASP’s innovative Maker Economy Starter Kit. This approach will limit industrial waste and offer a unique sustainable model that will boost the national and local economy, improving the wellbeing of communities. Furthermore, the scheme will significantly accelerate the construction process as the 3D printer will produce the entire structure at once.
Borne from a vision to provide a home for everyone at a time of exponential population increase and an associated lack of affordable housing, TECLA is a new circular housing model, created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain. Built using Crane WASP – the latest innovation in on-site 3D construction, TECLA represents a step-change in the move towards eco-housing.
To read more: https://www.mcarchitects.it/mario-cucinella-architects-and-wasp-start-on-site-with-tecla-a-prototype-3d-printed-global-habitat-for-sustainable-living
From a MarketRealist.com online article:
The home’s adaptation is not only about automatically adjusting lights to match the circadian rhythms of the occupants or unlocking a door based on facial recognition. It’s also adapting over time to occupants’ needs. For instance, Bridleman describes walls that move to create new spaces or beds that fold into the wall creating an office space—all based on voice commands.
KB Home’s (KBH) SVP Dan Bridleman discusses the smart home of tomorrow and the work the company is doing to make the home the center of a smart ecosystem. Instead of traditional bespoke construction techniques, modularity and the off-site construction of building blocks or subsystems are the trends for new construction seen in the KB Home ProjeKt.
To read more: https://marketrealist.com/2019/10/kb-home-svp-talks-smart-homes/?utm_source=All+Users&utm_campaign=ce14e984dd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_08_08_21_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c410c51cdb-ce14e984dd-240973105
From a DesignBoom.com article:
the lightweight timber structure is built on a wheeled chassis and clad in matte black weathertex, a locally sourced material made from forest thinnings and other industry by-products in the production process. the off-grid cabin features built-in joinery that blends seamlessly with the interior lining and cathedral ceiling so that this sense of openness is preserved.
sydney-based architecture firm fresh prince has designed a compact off-grid cabin in australia that offers a sustainable dwelling for summer getaways. located in new south wales, the 150-square-foot ‘barrington tops’ cabin is perched on the banks of a highland river, surrounded by dense woodland.
To read more click on the following link: https://www.designboom.com/architecture/fresh-prince-sustainable-off-grid-cabin-08-26-2019/?utm_source=designboom+daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fresh+prince+designs
From a SmallChange.com project listing:
Small Change raised $82,000 in equity to help construct Plattform at 930 Mellon, a Passive, highly energy efficient and modular house which replenishes a long vacant lot in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
With the help of a successful crowdfunding raise on Small Change, Plattform at 930 Mellon will be the first of three houses to be built on three vacant lot in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood.. Designed to Passivhaus standards by Laura Nettleton of Thoughtful Balance, the modular house will be prefabricated and 85% complete before ever reaching the site.
To read more click on the following link: https://learn.smallchange.com/plattform-at-930-mellon/