10 Solar Powered Homes for a More Sustainable Future

10 Solar Powered Homes for a More Sustainable Future

– [Reacher] Hey, everyone.
The seasons are changing, and nothing says free energy like the sun. This is Reacher with Minds Eye
Design, and here are 10 solar homes that are the future of architecture. (zapping sounds) Number 10. Anyone with access to a
news feed can attest to the constant drought
issues plaguing California. In addition to various
water conservation methods, the state has now implemented
a plan to have all newly constructed homes be Z-N-E,
or zero net energy compliant, starting in 2020. This 900 square foot prototype,
simply named “Our House”, was built using sheet-metal
framing, bamboo and wood from trees killed in the last drought. Its purpose is to address the
issues at hand by offering a Z-N-E home that is both
water and energy efficient, yet still desirable for
both urban and rural living. Water conservation is achieved
using a state-of-the-art system for collecting and
sanitizing grey water. Consumption is monitored and
analyzed, which allows the system to offer feedback on
usage to influence occupants to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Energy is stored in the house’s
integrated batteries, while an energy management system
controls the power use. Although this keeps with the
ideas of conservation and sustainability, it only
touches upon the final product, as no details are currently available. (upbeat electronic music) Number nine. I would consider getting
into this house based on one fact alone. It was inspired by LEGO. This highlights the most
important aspect of the design. Its modularity. Selficient is a concept home
that can be easily assembled, disassembled, and reassembled
through the use of standardized interchangeable panels for the walls, flooring and roof. These smart panels, which are composed of bio-based materials, can me
moved as needed to allow the owners to easily modify
the layout of the home, and can even be traded between houses. Photovoltaic panels generate
power for the home, while any residual energy can be
shared with others or delivered back to the network. Tubes in the floor carry warm
water, which heats the floor with the temperature being
controlled by a heat pump. In addition, air from an
attached greenhouse will help warm the home in the winter. The designers are working
with various manufacturers, but so far, putting the house
on the market is out of reach. (peppy digital music) Number eight. REACT, which stands
for “Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology”, is meant
to showcase how a sustainable future isn’t just about
designing a better home. The modular home is oriented
around a central courtyard, called the green core. This key design feature
collects solar heat to aid the mechanical systems while housing a hydroponic system to grow edible plants. It provides a sense of
spaciousness and light to the interior, while also extending
the living space, if desired. A net-zero balance water
system recycles grey water and rainwater for use as potable water. In addition, the system
also regulates irrigation for any landscaping components. An automated smart house
system collects data to suggest the best time to perform
resource-intensive tasks. This type of energy modeling
is used so residents can learn to maximize energy generation while minimizing resource loss. These passive and active systems aren’t just about sustainability. They’re also about the
flexibility to lead a healthier and affordable lifestyle. (light techno music) Number seven. The realities of aging
are something everyone has considered at one time or another. This creation may curb
any anxieties we feel in the process of doing so. Enable House was designed
with the elderly and disabled in mind, even going so far
as to meet all requirements outlined in the Americans
with Disabilities Act. Computer-aided design was used
to custom build the walls to eliminate added cost to material
waste, while photometric modeling was used to develop
an effective lighting plan. The design includes
roof-integrated solar panels, an attached sunroom for
indoor-outdoor living, and moveable interior walls to accommodate
the occupants’ changing needs. Additional features offer
zero-step entrances, a single floor layout with widened
hallways and doorways, and lever-style handles
on the doors and faucets. 20% of the population is
projected to be 65 and older by 2020, so it goes without
saying that this is a much needed concept for
those who like the idea of aging in place. (light digital music) Number six. Silo is a home that combines
traditional architecture with cutting-edge technology
for a more relaxed and eco-friendly way of living. The name itself is an acronym
with each letter representing a core aspect of the house. The S is for smart, which
refers to the automated system that maintains things,
such as the HVAC, lighting, window motors and fans. The I is for innovative and
speaks to the sustainable technologies found throughout,
including radiant flooring, grey water collection, and the
batteries for energy storage. The L is for living. Although
everything can manually be controlled by voice or smartphone,
it allows the homeowner to live at ease, knowing that the systems are working in tandem autonomously. The final letter, O, is for oasis. This is when you combine
all of these things with the clean air, ample sunlight and
added greenery to create a comfortable and efficient
living space that feels much larger than it actually is. (rhythmic drum beats) Allright, before you get too
caught up in designing your next home, please be
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keep up with all the latest videos from Minds Eye Design. (light techno music) Number five. This home was designed
to showcase how concrete can be used as a viable
construction alternative to wood and other materials. The Crete House is formed from
six precast concrete panels. To counteract the weight,
the panels are composed of four inches of regular concrete,
five inches of insulation, and one inch of a high performance
mixture called ductile. The ductile is six times
stronger than standard concrete, allowing the panels to be
thinner and 30% lighter. The panels are then bolted
together, reducing labor and material waste, which also
allows the house to be disassembled for future
transport, if needed. The house doesn’t contain an HVAC system. Instead, it relies on
thermal mass to warm and cool the house using water coils
embedded within the panels. In addition to providing shade
and housing modular planters, the shape of the gutters was
strategic to the innovative system of water collection
that supplies the all-in-one hydroponic food growing system. The home’s resiliency against
fire, moisture, insects and extreme weather, offer an
alternative that can still be standing even a century from now. (light electronic music) Number four. This prefab home was designed
to be an affordable and sustainable housing solution,
with emphasis on practicality and logic, rather than
elaborate technological systems. It’s named Rise, and
it, too, is an acronym. This one standing for
residential, inviting, stackable, efficient. The flexible design and
customizable features allow for integration in the larger
units that can be stacked like building blocks up to three stories high. This innovation creates a
structure that can work as a stand-alone home, but also
provide for multiple families. A movable inner wall system allows for the transformation of the floor
plan to meet the needs of a wide range of occupants. Transforming furniture,
modular cabinetry and natural ventilation add to the
allure of this home. The fact that you can fit
up to five of these in the space of a single home makes
this a structure that should be highly sought after in
densely populated areas. (soft digital music) Number three. Unlike the other entries on this list, Neighborhub isn’t a house. It’s an eco-friendly structure
designed as a collaborative space for people to discuss
issues and participate in activities as a community. The goal is to empower local
residents to become agents of change by educating them on
sustainable themes, such as renewable energy, biodiversity,
water and waste management, and material choices. The outer wall surface supports
solar panels to produce energy for space heating and hot water. Dry toilets recycle waste
for compost, while the water reclamation system ensures
that everything gets reused. The green roof is used to
collect water and grow food with every surface covered in vegetation, including plants chosen to attract bees. There are also two vertical
greenhouses, including one with an aquaponic system that allows
for the growing of plants and breeding of fish in one system. Neighborhub’s use of
innovative solutions and design elements is another
example of what is needed for a sustainable future. (light digital music) Number two. This design intended for
retirees attracted to Las Vegas is aptly named Sinatra Living. And before you ask, it does not allow you to live like Sinatra did. If that were the case, I’d
already be there, and you’d have to find another awesome
voice to tell you about it. The design focuses on three
goals, with the home intended to be a unified solution
that can adapt to meet a person’s needs as they age. The 1st is an open and
naturally illuminated interior encouraging exercise by walking around, while maximizing visibility. The 2nd is to provide maximum
comfort using a net-zero energy performance that
includes radiant heating, energy recovery and ductless air-conditioning. The 3rd is a responsive
healthcare environment. This is done by equipping the
structure with smart devices that can enable communication
between occupants, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Features such as a fall
detection and alert system add to the safety aspect. If you, or someone you know,
is considering retirement, then this might be the housing
option you’re looking for. (light electronic music) It’s almost time for us
to reveal our number one. Do you agree with the list so far? We welcome all your opinions
and suggestions, so be sure and let us know what you
think in the comments. (light rhythmic music) Number one. Alabama has been struck by
more tornadoes than any other state since 1966, with
eight of those tornadoes classified as F five. So it only makes sense that
a home can not only deal with the everyday elements,
but also protect its inhabitants in extreme weather. The house is oriented to
maximize solar access and to use roof planes for shading for
the majority of the year. The large porch is covered
with a transparent canopy to allow natural lighting into
the interior living spaces. A system that dehumidifies the
inside air at night reduces the overall load on the home’s AC. And if you’ve ever been to
Alabama, you’ll know why this is a thing, and why it’s important. Below the home’s sub-flooring
is a safe room designed in accordance with FEMA standards. Another aspect is the
home’s quick permanence. This means that it there’s
damage, the home can be rebuilt quickly and easily due
to its prototype design. Check out our recent video
on storm-chasing vehicles and you’ll see why I’d rather
be inside this house when everything hits. (soft electronic music) – Hey guys, this is Cassie. I hope you enjoyed this video. Tell us in the comments
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73 thoughts on “10 Solar Powered Homes for a More Sustainable Future

  1. Duuuuuude! I love the Rat Pack and I love me some Las Vegas. So yeah, Sinatra Living it is!

    I'd like to see that NeighborHub become a thing everywhere. If most people were educated on that basics of sustainability it would make a huge difference!

  2. Thanks for the different choices on houses. I think my favorite is #1. As it has the safe room under it. Big thumbs up on whoever came up with the idea. I am definitely going to save this video and take notes on all my favorite parts and maybe design my own.

  3. CPS is just ridiculous. The concrete house longevity might be a redeeming value. The obvious insulation insufficiencies and Bauhaus architecture student elements greatly reduce the appeal of the designs.

  4. AquaPonics and Huge Home Water Collector Distillation Panels shaped in a Tetrahedron, with five foot wide gaps at their base while meeting at the top, over any of these box shaped homes would add more wind resistance and surface area for Solar Power…….Water might end up being of severe importance in the very very near future with all of the uncalled for Fracking going on ruining our water tables. So keep that in mind on your next video. Plus an F-5 can reach speeds up to and over 316 mph.


  6. I got your number !! Don't buy into the lefts tiny homes, idea, we have plenty of water, , people. we can make homes of our own, with all these things. in mind, these are traps, and. probably have unwanted spy hips built into the home,

  7. Great video. We are going to build on property in VERY RURAL Colorado so have been trying to get ideas. Our home will be totally off grid but yet has county/state restrictions on how we can achieve that goal especially when it comes to water; catchments other than into two 55 gallon drums, using grey water, etc. aren't allowed. I look forward to learning more from your channel, hopefully gaining info that will help me come up with a plan so we can start living on our beautiful property!

  8. Nice video, but the truth of the matter is…none of these homes in this video can hold a candle to a dome home based upon an apples to apples comparison of criteria used throughout this video. Granted, these are nice designs, but none of them can compare to dome.

  9. these homes all come from the 2017 SOLAR DECATHLON that was held in Denver, which i went to. The houses were pretty cool, but some of them definitely work out better in reality than in theory.

    house #1 has a CLOSET that is a safe room, it's not located under the house as the video says. check out videos of the #5 crete house being tested for impact resistance- basically most of the concrete house is protected to the same level that just a small part of the #1 Surviv(AL) house is.

  10. the problem i see for all these designs is they are designed for climates that get no snow… most of the panels are flat or nearly flat and on the roof where clearing them is difficult or impossible… would be nice if some of these designers realized there are people living outside of california!

  11. I like number 3 because of its well laid out solar panels, dry toilet, water reclamation, and domestic food production.

  12. 7 and 8 because of the green houses in the middle and solar panels. 5, the concrete house because of maintenance/
    durable and thermal mass.

  13. What a joke? in 1940 Earth buildings were "experimental" fast forward and they still are in the same status? I quess mammon cant patent the Earth? This agenda 2030 is a joke? These buildings are a joke with all the usual manifestations and gadgets of hue man? The sheep buy this agenda hook line and sinker!! I wonder how many trees people have planted? Just shows you how serious people are about reducing the carbon? Good for the trees though. These houses are POX. Only as long as they have the the 5 g of coarse then the AI dont really care about too much let alone righteous living?

  14. Hint: A house that is unaffordable is the same as no home at all. They all had useful features and looked nice. But can people buy and build them?

  15. Nice video, however, we will NEVER be sustainable unless we go underground, like the Earthship. Period. It's not sustainable above ground.

  16. no flat roof here in western WET WA … water rain running down walls is stuupid..all my homes have least 2 ft over hang ..plus I collect rain water

  17. Number 1 is an awesome idea. But if you really want to impress me, make a house that will protect not only yourself but your pets, and belongings too ☺


  19. They use expensive tech inside, but fail to add the simple and cheap ways to reduce energy bills, like roof overhangs, shade from trees etc.
    Several of the structures, I can't take seriously, because they seems to ignore using the constructon budget smartly and efficiently.

    We've already been doing zero energy houses few people could afford in the 90's…

  20. Great videos, but how about a summary page after each home or during the presentation, showing the architect information and basic details.

  21. It's interesting to me that the jet-setting elite and the eco-terrorists that they puke out of these universities, have guilted people so badly, they resort to building these sterile boxes that resemble a cross between a doctors waiting room and the cafeteria at work. What's wrong with a 500 sq ft log cabin with in-floor heat and solar panels?

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  23. We can easily get a foot or two of snow in the winter and it has been known to go to -40. I’m not sure ANY of those houses could handle it, an no I’m not from Canada or the North Pole but from the upper Midwest.

  24. Many of us older people are living on 1k a month or less. How do we get an every system included low environmental home and out growing systems? I desperately need a place where I can live and use as many free energy sources and food growing systems as possible. Even sharing in a community would be ok by me.

  25. Interesting stuff. Why haven't home designers adopted aircrete as a way to build a low cost home with that? I also wonder why Geo Thermo Cooling and heating isn't a thing. Seems like so much more can be done for less $$ giving people better homes.

  26. the house with the grass on it… "hey, Bob, any plans today?" "yeah, gotta mow my roof grass" that will sound weird to say

  27. These houses are designs for the Southwest, and should be labelled as such. Glass roof? Get real. 12 inches of snow and it becomes a basement.

  28. Why can't you give the price of every house and shelters you show! It's so frustrating, causes much irritation! Please give the price, PLEASE!

  29. Of course another Awesome video but #2 the color orange is kinda a turn off for the interior of the house lol. God bless you all

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