I’m a sucker for good design, especially those that are handsome and function. So I was thrilled when Climate Stew Crew Member, Prescott Allen Hazleton sent me some good news from Australia.
Archiblox, an Australian architecture firm, has unveiled the world’s first carbon-positive prefabricated home. The Archi+ Carbon Positive House, currently on display in Melbourne’s City Square, is so efficient it can put energy back on the grid.
Not only is it functional, it is quite fashionable. The new home provides a compact living space with lots of clever nooks and crannies and many features with beautiful design quality. I’m especially excited about the sliding garden walls that serve multiple purposes including blocking the scorching summer sun. According to the article in EcoWatch:
Green Magazine writes that over the home’s lifespan, it will emit 1,016 tons of carbon dioxide less than standard or average buildings with the same functionality. That’s the equivalent of taking 267 cars off the road or planting 1,095 native Australian trees, the publication says. And because these homes are prefabricated, construction from start to finish only takes 12 to 28 weeks, reducing costs and resources. Archiblox’s buildings are made with sustainable building materials that are formaldehyde and VOC free, such as this modular cabinet area with a “shladder” (a shelf and ladder) that leads to a hidden loft that can also be used as an extra bedroom.