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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan
Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 5, 2012 @ 11:21 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,green roof,Prefab Housing,Renewable Energy | No Comments
The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices , and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of sustainable design were implemented, including optimum solar orientation, daylighting, solar shading , and natural ventilation vis a vis the chimney effect.
Then the extras were added, including hydronic heating to be fed by a geothermal loop , provisions for a future green roof along with rooftop solar thermal panels  and a rainwater harvesting system. Only the healthiest materials were used in construction, ensuring that the 1,100 square foot home would have a negligible impact on the environment, and the outdoor gardens have been planted with space and water conservation in mind.
Via Arch Daily 
Photos © Chris Bush
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URLs in this post:
 Anderson Anderson Architecture: http://www.andersonanderson.com
 timber-framed structure: http://inhabitat.com/tag/timberframe-house/
 low end of local home prices: http://inhabitat.com/tag/japanese-architecture/
 solar shading: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-shading/
 fed by a geothermal loop: http://inhabitat.com/doe-funds-to-make-nevada-the-saudi-arabia-of-geothermal-energy/
 rooftop solar thermal panels: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/rooftop-solar-plant-the-size-of-two-football-fields-set-to-open-in-yonkers-this-week/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/57172/b-house-anderson-anderson-architecture-nishiyama-architects/
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