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

The design also incorporates a rain-water harvesting system, allowing run-off to be filtered through a strategically placed reed bed outside the house and collected in an underground water tank. Except drinking, this collected water could be used for any household use (showers / clothes and dish washing / watering the plants). Allied with the solar panels creating a surplus of electricity based on predicted family usage, the house hugely reduces dependance on utility companies.

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