15 SUSTAINABLE HOMES BUILT with STYLE and INGENUITY
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15 SUSTAINABLE HOMES BUILT with STYLE and INGENUITY

September 1, 2019


– [Reacher] Sustainable, eco-friendly, recyclable, and green, there are many terms we use, and we’re always interested in what the industry has
to offer in those areas. This is Reacher, and
today we’re bringing you 15 of our favorite sustainable houses. (electronic music) – [Woman] Number 15. – [Reacher] Amsterdam
based Fiction Factory is responsible for this modular house, and I’m seriously bothered by the fact that I can’t have on shipped to the U.S. Each 55 square foot section
is formed by wrapping 24 layers of high-strength
cardboard around a mold. The outside is then covered
with a waterproof film, and a shell of wooden slats to
protect it from the elements. The interior is covered
with a formed plywood, which is also used in
separating the living spaces. Each piece weighs in at 1,100 pounds, eliminating the need for
a foundation once on site. The modularity allows for
a flexible building style that lets the owner create
their house in any fashion, as there’s no limit to
the number of sections that can be connected. Current pricing on this one will run you about $34,000 for a three section home. – [Woman] Number 14. – [Reacher] This structure, which is used mostly as a holiday retreat, was designed to be mobile due to zoning laws regarding
local beach houses. The owners did this by building
it on two wooden sleds, which allow it to be
moved easily over land. The front wall winches
open to form an awning above large glass doors, which swing open to reveal a living room,
dining area, and kitchen. Behind the kitchen is the bathroom, and the children sleeping area, which consists of three bunk beds. A loft area above the kitchen
houses the main bedroom, with a wall-mounted ladder
that goes from the lower floor to the roof, which also
serves as an observation deck. Other than the occasional
non-recyclable waste, the structure is self-sustaining, including a worm tank waste system, which you don’t see too often. – [Woman] Number 13. – [Reacher] This project
in the Netherlands started with a piece of agricultural land that was transformed by
planting 70,000 trees, and building an extremely
huge pond for migratory birds. The elevated structure
has a total floor area, measuring 770,000 square feet. The open floor plan and rectangular design allows for almost uninterrupted views from one end to the other. This lack of walls allows
the glass enclosed structure to take full advantage
of the natural light, as well as the heat that it creates. One of the supports for
the house also serves as access to the outside, leading to a lower level
with another living area and a six car garage. Power from the house comes from
a roof-mounted solar array, measuring just over 3,000 square feet. This, along with the thermal recycling creates an excess of energy that can be stored for
use in cooler months. – [Woman] Number 12. – [Reacher] The Zero
House is a 650 square foot microdwelling that can be assembled almost anywhere in the
world in just one day. It’s foundation consists
of four ground posts, allowing it to be constructed on almost any terrain, including water. The completely off-grid
home can accommodate four adults in the dual modular setup. The lower module contains
a full size kitchen and living room, while the upper module houses two bedrooms and the bathroom. This one also utilizes the outdoor space via decks each side, which sit on the roof of the lower module. The starting price on this one
will run you around $350,000. – [Woman] Number 11. – [Reacher] This home,
located on a wooded hilltop above Michigan’s Glen Lake,
started as a one story cabin, which morphed into a four story tower with a smaller footprint. All total, it offers 1,400
square feet of space, over three levels, which sit a full level above the ground on two side walls. The structure, for lack
of a proper description, is basically a plywood box
suspended between metal walls with some glass thrown into the mix. The bottom level houses a
mudroom and the guest bedroom, while the level above that has the main bedroom and bathroom. The uppermost floor
includes the living room, dining area, and kitchen, as well as having floor to ceiling windows that provide an almost uninterrupted view of the surroundings. Each level also has
it’s own separate deck, providing even more space
to enjoy the landscape. – [Woman] Number 10. – [Reacher] This small
development in Western Australia sits on a plot of land, which
was divided into four lots. The building process involved
using over 90% recycled construction waste from
the previous dwelling, as well as other demolition sites. Like most designs of this nature, each house is set in a way which allows better temperature control through cross ventilation
and maximizing solar access. A two kilowatt solar array provides for the electrical needs, while still creating and excess of energy, which adds to the carbon
positive nature of the home. Dual plumbed rainwater tanks flow to the toilets and washing machines, as well as providing
water for the landscaping. The floor plans are laid
out to increase flexibility and adaptability for longterm use, allowing for minimal changes when reconfiguring the internal structure. This approach not only provides
a multi-generational home, but also creates a space
that can be turned into it’s own self-contained
living area if needed. While you’re trying to figure out how to milk your neighbor’s solar power like you do their cable service, be sure to hit that subscribe button, and click that bell icon to keep up with all of
our upcoming videos. – [Woman] Number nine. – [Reacher] This A-frame
prototype is located on an island just outside
the Helsinki city center. Nolla, which is Finnish for zero, is named for the cabin’s purpose of getting visitor to live using less, while spending more time
focusing on the outdoors. The 107 square foot cabin is built from sustainable materials, and functions entirely
using renewable energy. Inside you’ll find a space
the size of a small bedroom, which contains two beds
and a small cooking area with a stove that’s used
for heating as well. Electrical needs are supplied
by roof-mounted solar panels, but running water is not available. This is supplied by a well, with bathing being done in the sea. The cabin is available
for rent through Airbnb, with all proceeds from the rent going toward the ocean clean-up project. – [Woman] Number eight. – [Reacher] This zero energy home, from Missouri based Acre Designs, was first introduced in Spring of 2016 when the company’s co-founders decided to give their first prototype
an 18 month test run. Named the Axiom House, each
one is built from a template, which shortens the estimated build time to half that of a normal
home of comparable size. There are two models to choose from, the Series A, which has
a more traditional look, and the Series B, which fits
more into a modern setting. Employing a modular design that
includes around 40 systems, which monitor the hvac,
security, water and lighting, the company estimates a reduction in household energy
consumption by up to 90%. Currently offering a
total of nine floor plans, the Series A and Series
B have starting prices of $470,000 and $440,000 respectively. – [Woman] Number seven. – [Reacher] What began as an
entry in eco-house competition has now evolved into a structure providing a use for several
different applications. The Passive Pod employs the latest in passive house standards, having such features
as seasonally oriented floor to ceiling windows,
a hybrid solar roof that generates 4.2
kilowatts at peak power, and a rainwater harvesting system. The compact form, which
is prefabricated off site, utilizes the minimum amount of surface area required for the home. The open plan of the ground
floors sits in stark contrast to the upper floor, which
contains four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a laundry room. The centrally located staircase
also serves a dual purpose by promoting ventilation and natural light via the skylight at the top. The company is currently seeking investment capital for prototypes, with an estimated build
date sometime in 2019. – [Woman] Number six. – [Reacher] There’s something
about sustainability and a waterside location that
seemed to have a connection, and this villa on an island
just outside of Amsterdam is no exception. The exterior of the building is covered with a white ribbed aluminum
that aids in cooling the house, which has a living space measuring just over 3,200 square feet
between the two floors. The interior has a contrasting nature, employing such materials
as untreated steal, and 200 year old wood. The main floor has floor to ceiling sliding glass doors in the rear, which open up to the kitchen. Moving forward from
that is the living room, with a wood burning fire place, and a stairwell, which
leads to the upper level. The top floor houses the
bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the 377 square foot terrace, providing uninterrupted views
of the gardens and waterway. This house, like most of it’s kind, isn’t connected to the local power grid. Instead, it utilizes thermal recycling, solar panels, and highly efficient forms of insulated material, such
as triple pane windows. – [Woman] Number five. – [Reacher] This eco-friendly housing unit is another of the modular prefabs that can be built around
the needs of the owner. Each one has a floor space
composed of a wooden veranda, measuring 270 square feet, and an interior measuring 388 square feet. A large sliding glass door
opens up to a main room that contains the living room, and a fully equipped
kitchenette with an island. A sliding door opens off of that to a bedroom with a double bed. On the opposite side of the main room, is a second bedroom
containing two twin beds. Behind that is a full bathroom
with a standup shower. The photos that you’ve
seen here are from a design currently being used for
bungalows on a beach in Greece. If anyone would like more information, I’m willing to go see firsthand how awesome they actually are, strictly for scientific
purposes of course. – [Woman] Number four. – [Reacher] This next
entry, called the Zero Home, seems to employ every eco-friendly option available when building a house. It includes five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, as well as a four car garage
with a charging station. Starting at the top, the
roof has 10 kilowatts of solar panels that provide electricity and help heat tankless water heaters. The windows don’t open, which
creates an air-tight structure that requires the use
of a ventilation system that continuously replaces the
inside air with outside air. The kitchen utilizes all
Energy Star appliances, while a wall-mounted LED is
used for home automation. The company currently offers these homes starting around $350,000. – [Woman] Number three. – [Reacher] This come in castle Germany is part of an ecological development started in the early 1990s. The honeycomb design of
this 2,325 square foot home is composed of a series
of seven domed rooms built from bricks, timber, and clay. These clay coils, which
are formed from cotton hoes filled with loam, are then
stacked and shaped as needed. Like any normal home, this
one has your standard rooms, with each one branching
off from the central dome. The living room has built-in arch seating areas in the walls, while a sunroom in the rear
opens up to a back garden. This, along with domed
skylights in the home sod roof, create an exterior that
is not only unassuming to the environment, but
complimentary to the interior. – [Woman] Number two. – [Reacher] The nature
inspired Yin and Yang house is also located in castle Germany, though it’s a far cry and style
from our earlier mud house. The design incorporates a rooftop garden, composed of a system of
planters and greenhouses, which allow the owners to grow
a full selection of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, while the shape of the roof helps channel rainwater for irrigation. The home’s interior
provides 807 square feet of living space over two levels. Floor to ceiling windows
surround a ground floor that contains a single car garage, the master bedroom, and an
open kitchen and dining area. The upper floor has a large office, and the upstairs living room,
which has access to the roof. Construction on this one
started around mid-2018, but as of yet, there’s no word on pricing. So how do you feel about
sustainable living? Do you think it’s worth
it over the longterm? Let us know in the comments what your view is on these homes, and what you think the next
step is moving forward. – [Woman] Number one. – [Reacher] This oddly unique structure is a collaborative effort
between architects, experts, and companies from
over 20 different countries. It’s called the FabLab House, and it was designed to
utilize the natural resources of water, wind, and sun, along with the control systems at hand to optimize the living environment. It has two entrances,
a doorway on the side, which opens to a long sloping walkway, and a large opening at
one end of the structure. Upon entering, you’ll
find an open floor plan, which includes a social area, a loft bedroom above the
bathroom, a small kitchen, and a main sleeping room
on the opposite end. The whole structure is elevated
on three separate supports, creating a shaded space
underneath for outdoor activities. The flexible solar panel array
can be arranged and adapted for the changing seasons to
maximize it’s energy output, allowing it to create up to three times the energy the house consumes. It’s currently marketed in sizes all the way up to just
over 1,000 square feet, with a current starting price of $52,000. (upbeat music) – Hey guys, this is Cassie, I hope you guys enjoyed this video, tell us in the comments below what you found to be the
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  2. Interesting and arty. Didn't really see any that were truly sustainable. The 2 German ones were the closest ( and the one where you bathe in the ocean). Where's the earth sheltered geothermal one's?

  3. I like the houses I think they are neat I don't think I could forward them but what I really like is that pretty girl talk to us the end but you are job keep up the good work and let us see more of that pretty girl thank you and have a Merry Christmas bye bye

  4. A lot of great looking designs but very few are cost effective (when the price was quoted) or made for cold climate regions. The "cardboard" house was promising but cardboard eventually dries up if not specially treated and becomes a potential fire trap (waterproof corrugated cardboard perhaps?)

  5. Face it – spending the money on a home ( interest and payment ) may as well be art and function . If it serves you also ( like lowest utility bills as well as the environment ) it should pay for itself… eventually. I like that idea. I’ve lived in an Rv (344 sq. Ft) and living inside as well as outside your home is the adventure. Your going to live in it a long time: low impact on the environment and enjoyment are the way to go 😎 (with views and insulation). I like the use of area under some of these here. Since garages or shade areas for outdoor use is nice to have on a small footprint.

  6. Great video. Love the way you pack in the key information in a tight timeframe for each segment. I live in Western Australia so was interested in those housing units in Broome.

  7. More propaganda. "It's green." How the f-k do you figure? The glass for that elevated monstrosity would require more energy to make than 10 average homes. How is that "green?" After the life cycle of that disaster, your left with tons of hazardous non biodegradable glass. "But glass is recyclable." Yea again at a energy cost that's off the charts.

  8. Love the vid, but you are not getting the metric conversion right, the sq. feet mentioned in the video do not correspond to the sq. m of the graphics. To make it easy: 1 sq m = 3 sq feet (approximately). Keep up the amazing work !!

  9. There are some intriguing ideas here. I especially like homes which use outlandish designs to take advantage of natural forces and thusly increase their efficiency.

  10. All these houses are in the nature. So what do you do for cities ? Unless nature comes back in the cities , I don' t see . So first. The obligation to make Nature comes back in the cities. A great program !!!!

  11. Most interesting: The last one and an earlier one that was four storied…. Most of these designs are VERY labour-intensive and expensive on a sq.meter basis. The avoid metal cladding & framing, both of which are repeatedly recyclable. Finally most are inherently stand alone which limits their "village appeal"!

  12. Sustainable except for price is why these designs won't be built in the numbers that might make a difference to the environment any time soon. Being green shouldn't mean being unaffordable and it's why those that want to have as little impact as possible often build there own since there's no real alternative. The home's heating/cooling/electrical needs CO2 footprint is massive and there's no market for a zero impact housing if the systems that make it that way cost as much or more than it's fossil fueled/non green counterparts.

  13. You can get tons of card board for free, I'm curious how they shaped and made the card board layers solid…Layers of cardboard would also be well insulated.

  14. Sustainable and eco friendly yet not budget friendly at all except for a few of them. The last one is just plain ugly. I think that the mobile tiny home styles beat most of these.

  15. Very good selection of diverse styles. As most are one off designs they will be expensive. The Passiv Pod zero carbon design number 7 has strong timber ply for offsite modular replication in quantity. Their home garden office at £33K is less than a brick extension and students learn more in biophilic classrooms. Great choices all round.

  16. The ideal characteristics of sustainable housing is to use materials available naturally in that part of the world. This should minimize costs for a self build. Aircrete seems to have highest potential for self build with options for modular design.

  17. All the chosen houses were very interesting and responded to my interest and values! Very happy to find you and your video guys! Thank you very much for all those precious information together! For my personal needs and future I prefer the yin and yang one and the last one too. They both responded to the needs of our life and are very likely to happened soon but hey! I didn’t mention the first one and I thin number nine or eight! Bye the way your video sounds even the images are disrupted in the area of number nine, eight, seven and six I think. The comments are interrupt the sounds are like the radio tuner is looking for the right frequency and the images really jumps to the next thing. Anyway I enjoyed it! Keep up the creative mind and work!

  18. Im finding only one annoying thing in these videos… please let the guy finish what he is saying before cutting him off to get to the next number. Im trying to enjoy the video and listen to everything but cant do that if you keep cutting off that guy mid sentence

  19. I think it is very much worth it. It has the potential to increase our quality of life and is aesthetically nice to look at. My favorites is probably the first one, #15.

  20. If you are a millionaire , but what if you want to retire and live on your social security? It depends on your local government and building department, they want big houses with big taxes for them. A man and his wife can build a small home the size of a double car garage, 400 to 600 sq. ft., if you can find a county that isn't corrupt.
    For under ten thousand dollars and do it in under 3 months.You can look at youtube and learn how to build it. I taught myself and built 6 houses by myself and it took me a year for each one, but they were big two story houses etc.

  21. The best idea's for creating living spaces are coming from the mouth of Michael Reynolds. He created the concept of Earthships. We should work for generations to come with these things.

  22. Cool concept but replace the narrator with a motivational personality. It became so mundane I stopped watching the video.

  23. Yes, I do think sustainable design is worthwhile. I have developed such a design myself, which I hope to be able to build some day.

  24. Only time will tell, if sustainable living is worth the time, effort and money put into it. We should have been far more careful in the past, using some of the materials we used. Asbestos comes to mind, as does carpet floor covering treated with formaldehyde.

  25. So a house that uses wood as a building material can now be called "built with sustainable materials"? Boy that is some spin 🙂

  26. Nope, I do not think it is worth it. Goodluck finding buyers in the future as technolg upgrades and these structures become dated, not in a good way.

  27. the last one scares me a lot. think of the moisture th at forms over the concrete and wood roof over a couple of years. The design screams building code violation and unsafe due to collapsing debris.

  28. I really enjoy these videos. The ideas are outstanding! I see myself in #8 Axiom House. These prices are another factor that is attractive. Thanx

  29. I had to laugh at House number 1. The house that is it's own luck. You do not hang a horse there the house is shaped like a giant horse shoe.lol

  30. WOW…!!! Some of these abodes are no less than impressive , i'm not greedy , i would like one of each thankyou. lol's. Watching this channel just makes me want every bloody thing they show. When " REACHER " says which one would you pick , leave your choice in the description below i think all jokes aside from my first paragraph , there are a couple i would choose but i have to say it wouldn't be as easy as just saying i'll have that one , & that one , but think of the pro's & con's of each choice. They say one of the biggest stresses , among others is buying a house. I concur. Some of the homes shown though were absolutely outstandingly gorgeous whether it be on the water , or be it on land. I'm quite sure there're are some of you out there in cyber-space that totally agree with that statement. Well i've said a little of what i wanted to say about this subject so i'm going back to watch more of this channel so i can continue to dream. lol's….. ✅❤️🇦🇺👍

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