Sustainable House Ocho by Feldman Architecture
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A beautiful eco house building, called House Ocho was designed by Feldman Architecture and was built in Carmel, California in 2004 by Groza Construction. This 2,900 sq ft sustainable house is located in an area with seismic activity. The environment is still kept to be natural with vegetations and the beautiful view from the hill. [...]
A beautiful eco house building, called House Ocho was designed by Feldman Architecture and was built in Carmel, California in 2004 by Groza Construction. This 2,900 sq ft sustainable house is located in an area with seismic activity. The environment is still kept to be natural with vegetations and the beautiful view from the hill. Also, to achieve good sustainability, several features are provided, especially a special green roof.
The location of this green building home is dominated by oak forests and steep meadows. The house is divided into a series of pavilions to lessen its overall mass. The eco friendly house was set to the ground, in order to minimize the site lines against the surrounding nature reserve, also to protect the construction from earthquake impact. It is completed with a small guest cottage, located next to the house, and a large terrace acted as an outdoor living room.
Each rooms are designed to have wide openings provided by big glazed windows. There are also wide doors connect each rooms to the land, providing wide-space feeling. All of these situation make the border between the indoor and outdoor blurred, and also optimize the passive solar heating for the house.
The unique feature of this green building is the living roof. As the seismic activity in the area, the house should not have heavy roof. This situation became a challenge. The roof itself was designed by Paul Kephart. The roof uses six inches of a lightweight soil mix that contained pumas to reduce its weight. To keep the soil moist, a water retention layer that maintains soil moisture using small cups is provided also. The plants are prepared by Loretta Gargan, consist of native grasses and wildflowers, as well as strawberry and yarrow. The roof also acts as protector from solar heating and provides cool feeling for the interior.
This sustainable design is also competed by several green products, such as integrated photovoltaic skylights that not only produce solar energy, but also optimize the natural daylighting. The building is also insulated by recycled denim materials. The material used for the floor is also chosen from sustainable material, sustainably harvested wood material. There are also radiant heat floors and thermal mass in the form of concrete floors.
This house eco friendly construction that can deal with the seismic condition of the area. Also, the beautiful view and design become good additional values, besides its minimal carbon footprint.