Gallery: Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green ...

 
And it doesn’t stop there. The roof can be insulated with a layer of air and cork beads, external walls are made of 12 inch-thick compressed straw, and the design can incorporate geothermal and wood pellet-fed heating systems.

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  1. jo veno April 12, 2011 at 5:14 am

    this is a big fail. it’s half a dome which makes it a flying wing during a hurricane and when the tsunami hits the square walls inside will be smashed to smithereens.

    either build a whole dome or a tight square walled home that can handle the wind. not half of each.

  2. Dave Delaney April 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Amazing how much do these houses cost

  3. jboehner April 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    this doesn’t have to bee soley sited on a beachfront. correct orientation of the glazed elevation would allow this to be put pretty much anywhere.

  4. lazyreader April 11, 2011 at 8:12 am

    That’s nice, I’m not not sure what beach front real estate goes for now a days but those few that can afford it will have energy efficient houses.

  5. John Parker April 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Yeah, wonderful place, but how much?

  6. kenemaka April 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    How much would it cost to build the “Pearl” house?

  7. Ruthy April 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    beautiful

  8. george cox April 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    In the writers defense she states ” bathed in natural light.”” Which is much different than your phrase ‘ why would you want every room bathed in sunlight.” Natural light of course is not limited to DIRECT SUN.

  9. reaper-24 April 5, 2011 at 7:20 am

    you really need to differentiate between daylight and sunlight. this:
    “whilst in the summer these huge windows allow every room to be bathed in sunlight. The white steel roof also reflects sunlight, helping to keep the house cool in the height of summer.”
    is completely contradictory, why would you want every room bathed in sunlight but want the roof to reflect sunlight? you want diffuse daylight in the rooms and you want to block direct sunlight during hot summer days, in winter you want to allow both types of radiation into the space.
    i really like the content you upload on this site but your authors need to get better grasp of fundamentals of environmental design

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