From Bucharest to Buenos Aires, architects are creating affordable (and not so affordable) eco-friendly homes
The eco-friendly timber cottage can be expanded at low cost by adding modules. Photograph: Aughey O’Flaherty
Ireland: This prefabricated modular timber frame house, designed by award-winning Aughey O’Flaherty Architects, is a traditional Irish cottage with a eco-friendly twist. Building in passive solar design, it conforms to aBER A1 rating, the highest Irish energy efficiency rating, and can be expanded at low cost by adding modules. “It’s an affordable low energy home for a young starter family,” says founding director Max O’Flaherty. “It’s for people in their early 30s, who want a home and are quite savvy: interested in energy and design but with a limited budget.”
Bucharest architects Soleta build zero-energy houses using materials that are 97% recyclable. Photograph: Soleto
Romania: Bucharest-based architectural practice Soleta builds ‘zero energy’ houses which generate energy through solar, wind and hydro electricity technologies. Since starting production in October 2012, it has built more than 40 Soleta Houses using construction materials which it says are 97% recyclable. “In Romania, the eco house market is still at the beginning compared with other European markets,” says sales representative Ruxandra Stefanescu. “But, even so, we see each year around 15% increase in demand, which is very promising for our business.”
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