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E+ is a Verdant South Korean Home Blanketed in Greenery and Solar Panels

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On March 30, 2012 @ 12:33 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Green Building,Green Roof,Solar Power | No Comments

Blanketed in vegetation and energy-harvesting PV panels, the E+ Green Home [1] doesn’t just get an E for effort – it deserves to be on the honor roll of sustainable design. Seen in Dwell Magazine’s April issue [1], the home, which is located about an hour outside of Seoul, looks almost unreal, like the fantasy rendering of an eco-obsessed architecture student. But the residence, a collaboration between Kolon Engineering and Construction [2] and Unsangdong Architects [3], is not only real – it’s a showcase of sustainable innovation and it may very well be the greenest home in South Korea.

Located in Kyeong-Gi, the E+ Green Home is a decidedly unique-looking home which also behaves differently from most homes in South Korea. The house, which almost resembles a hill due to a large portion of its surface being covered in green roofs and vertical gardens, is a prototype built by Kolon and Unsangdong [3]. The hope is that South Koreans, who’ve been growing increasingly less satisfied with concrete-clad apartments, will take a shine to the model home and decide they would like to live in a similar dwelling.

Though it’s certainly attractive, the E+’s walls are much more than a pretty facade. The solar panels, vegetated walls and other green technologies within allow the house to use just 27% of the energy that an average Korean home uses, and it also generates 38% of the energy used by the average Korean home. If those numbers don’t sound impressive to you, the house even lives up to super stringent German Passive House standards [4].

For now the E+, which is sited on the grounds of Kolon’s headquarters, doesn’t have actual residents but those who want to get a feel for what it might be like to live in it can book overnight stays. The hope is that the E+ will be the first of many similar green houses that Kolon plants to build across the country.

+ Kolon Engineering and Construction [2]

+ Unsangdong Architects [3]

Via Dwell [1]

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[1] E+ Green Home: http://www.dwell.com/articles/E-for-Effort.html#ixzz1qM50WfUr

[2] Kolon Engineering and Construction: http://www.kolonconstruction.co.kr/eng/

[3] Unsangdong Architects: http://www.usdspace.com/

[4] Passive House standards: http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/PHIUSHome.html

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