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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 26, 2013 @ 2:30 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Sustainable Building,Zero energy | 1 Comment
Following an international seminar about the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India, Sami Rintala, Daggur Eggertsson and Pasi Aalto of Rintala Eggertsson Architects  and a group of students from the Norwegian University of Science & Technology set about to build an eco model home. Their goal was to find a solution the would benefit the local population in an around Kagala, Karnataka, India. They also hoped to develop a model that would help the region in terms of environmental sustainability. The project was created for the Panchabhuta Conservation Foundation and created a working model of a two hut home.
Based on local building traditions of clustered homes and shady shared courtyards, Hut-to-Hut (also called the Kumta Prototype) is built on a square brick foundation. Built using locally produced materials, the elevated huts feature large shady roofs and enjoy natural ventilation through the screened walls and raised floors. Solar panels  on the roof provide electricity, while a composting latrine takes care of the waste and supplies biogas for household use. The foundation allows for future expansion as the family grows and changes. The area immediately surrounding the homes can be used for a private kitchen garden.
Via ArchDaily 
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