This simple, yet stunning Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsh Architects generates all of its own energy and captures all of its own water. Located in the northeast of Victoria in Australia, the home is oriented for passive solar with careful arrangement for cross-ventilation, and features rammed earth walls throughout. These combined with prefabricated elements made construction not only easier, but also quicker. Hit the jump to learn more about this exemplary earth home.
The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively remote and has no energy or water supply. To minimize site construction, the roof elements were prefabricated, which also allows for large column free ceilings.
The design is for a simple and compact home with a butterfly roof that works to hold solar panels and collect rainwater. A 110,000 liter rainwater tank stores all the water needed for the home and the photovoltaics generate all the energy. Rammed earth walls form the entire building and windows are situated for cross ventilation to eliminate the need for air conditioning in the summer. Thermal mass of the walls maintains a relatively constant temp inside and only a single heater is needed for warmth in the winter.
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