1. Home
  2. Sustainable Homes

First Contemporary Zero Footprint Eco House in Southern Spain

Architectural firm Diseno Earle of Spain has designed the first zero carbon footprint home in Andalucia, Southern Spain. The contemporary eco-house uses the location’s natural elements in its design to make it 80 per cent more energy efficient than a comparable house, producing 75 per cent less waste, and resulting in reduced operating costs. This modern home’s eco-friendly features start with its sustainable construction methods and materials. Set on a steep 45º slope, the first thing you’ll notice on the eco-villa is its roof – perched like a pair of wings above the three-storey, 6,996-sq.-ft. house. The roof’s angle maximizes the function of its solar panels, while also hiding them from view. The space between the roof and house also allows air to pass through, creating a cooling effect. A “floating” glass walkway leads to the front entrance and into the home, where a modern double-height glass atrium offers panoramic views. The extensive glass used in this unusual design creates a “double skin” effect, further preventing heat absorption. The home’s main living area sits above a water canal, which works to cool the home from beneath. Heating, on the other hand, comes via a photovoltaic system that runs electricity to a radiant heating system in the floor. The innovative hinged walls can be opened or closed to release and contain heat as needed, and a geothermal system acts as a heating/cooling back-up. Diseno Earle



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *