Gallery: East Meets West in Tongji University’s Para Eco-House Design f...

The lattice-work outer shell is created from bamboo, a traditional Chinese material that is more sustainable than timber due to its rapid regrowth. In this form of using mortise and tendon joints it adds to the structures strength while maintaining a less harsh outward appearance. The roof has added vegetation which aids in both insulating the house, cooling the solar panels and potentially for planting food. They intend to place 42 solar panels on the roof, 2 sets of 14 are oriented in a set direction on different sides of the building, and the final set of 14 panels use a Tongji University designed tracking system to follow the sun throughout the day in order to maximise solar exposure.

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