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Ackert Architecture’s Monier Residence
Posted By Mike Chino On August 15, 2008 @ 10:00 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments
Kimberly Ackert  designed this beautiful off-the-grid residence for the “Monier Design Competition” in Australia. Nestled amid idyllic green environs in Perth, the warm wooden structure features an earthy modern aesthetic and utilizes a variety of sustainable systems to produce its own energy, regulate its climate, and ensure the comfort of it’s inhabitants.
Situated on a gorgeous 4-acre site in West Australia, the Monier residence comprises 3 bedrooms and 2,500 square feet. Ackert Architecture  designed the award winning structure “as a demonstration project to show how alternative energy and passive systems could be integrated to create a self sufficient home.”
The home’s active systems include an electric wind turbine , solar hot water heaters , and water storage tanks that feed a fire suppression system. Its passive measures include a 75 foot long insulating rammed earth wall , large windows and skylights that suffuse the home with natural light, and a smart layout that allows fresh air to cycle through the entire structure.
Photo Credit: Scott Frances
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 Kimberly Ackert: http://www.ackertarchitecture.com
 electric wind turbine: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/19/broadstar-aerocam-breaks-wind-watt-barrier/
 solar hot water heaters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/06/05/rizhao-the-sunshine-city/
 rammed earth wall: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/06/28/rammed-earth/
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