Gallery: Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design

You don't need high-tech energy monitoring systems, solar panels, or a ground source heat pump to have a green home. Sometimes all you need is smart design, traditional architecture, knowledge of your climate and access to natural and locally available materials. That's what Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 utilized when he designed the Bahia House in Salvador, Brazil, which stays cool even in 40 degree Celsius weather. The beautiful Brazilian house makes use of clay roofs, an open floor plan, natural ventilation, and wooden Mashrabiya screens.

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