The Pearl: Sustainable housing venture relies on passive solar design

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With the sudden surge in the popularity of sustainable housing, The Pearl, designed by David Fanchon, hardly comes as a surprise. The Pearl has emerged as the latest amongst the other designs put forth by Solaleya – a US based housing solution company working towards sustainable development. Designed by David Fanchon, the shell-shaped design utilizes the principles of passive solar. The dwelling along with being thoroughly focused at energy efficiency, accords equal attention to comfort and quality given the flexibility of inside positioning.

Fanchon’s latest habitat venture bearing the anti-seismic and aerodynamic tag is accompanied by a sense of relief. The cocoon shape endowed to the structure makes it anti-seismic. On the other hand, the justified placement of the bay windows makes it resistant against cold winds. Pearl scores over Domespace – a rotational structure and a former design promoted by Solaleya as the solar panels can be adjusted for shade rather than building rotation. The bay windows placed at the face of the design tend to absorb the sun rays in the winter to keep the habitat warm. In summers the white roof, at the head of the structure, reflects the sunlight making the house cool thereby energy efficient.

Just as you were wondering, the list of benefits does not end here. The design also supports the idea of rain water conservation. Built with compressed straw, the external walls support the cause too. The scenic view allowed through huge windows serve as a cherry on the cake.

The trend of eco-friendly homes is fast catching up in the real estate sector. The rise in the trend has arisen as a need to deal with the climate change dilemma. As stated in Stern Review in 2004, it is a scientifically established fact that the carbon dioxide emissions caused by the energy utilized in maintaining temperatures at home are a significant stimulant of climate change. The go green initiative of the real estate sector, thus, looks at energy efficient homes as a partial solution.

It is possible to set up the dwelling in a space ranging between 400 sq ft to 5000 sq ft. The effort of the real estate sector could be applauded. Nevertheless, the road to regaining popularity of sustainable housing is still a far reaching target after its fall during recession. The spectacular designs are then, understandably, the primary attractive forces.

Via: Inhabitat/Solaleya

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