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Sustainable Design of The Arc House by MB Architecture

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A luxurious, sustainable home was designed by MB Architecture , an architecture firm from East Hampton. They combined the luxurious value of The Hampton-associated mansion and the simplicity, traditional aspect of The Long Island one. With its arc roof, this sustainable building looks very unique, with stunning aesthetic. The eco friendly construction is buried more than its half [...]




 

 

A luxurious, sustainable home was designed by MB Architecture , an architecture firm from East Hampton. They combined the luxurious value of The Hampton-associated mansion and the simplicity, traditional aspect of The Long Island one. With its arc roof, this sustainable building looks very unique, with stunning aesthetic.

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The eco friendly construction is buried more than its half  of its body, to provide less obstruction to the visual landscape. It is actually a private residence owned by a couple and their two big dogs. It has an open plan that contains  living, dining and kitchen areas. The bedrooms are located  in a flat- roofed section,  in the rear part of the house, providing possibility to add more bedrooms.  An office, a sitting room, a garage and work areas are located in the lower level, opened to  the courtyard, allowing cool air circulation and a distinctly private outdoor space.

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This modern, eco construction uses only 1/5 of energy that traditional homes usually use. It is possible to do that, thanks to the convex arced roof, just like a hangar, and the use of low-impact materials. The roof construction may reduce the materials needed, as no structural columns needed.  The entry canopy to the arch and a few other components within it are at a height of 7’, creating a touchable lower plane within the larger structure. The arc of the structure peaks at 16 ft, allowing the hot air to to rise to the center and cool air to roll down the sides.

The environmentally friendly building materials used are generally  from reclaimed or recycled materials. New lumber materials are only used in the interior partition wall studs and the exterior cedar siding around the bedroom. SIP materials are also used. The windows are provided by superior thermal performance, allowing the natural daylight without overheating in summer.

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The buried eco friendly building‘s construction provide  benefit to maintain the house temperature at low level. It is supported by the passive cooling system provided by the roofing construction, creating a high efficient house. Other sustainable features are a geothermal heating and cooling HVAC system. The temperature of the house is monitorized and controlled by a system also. By all of these sustainable technologies, the energy bill for the first three months was just $300.

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