Gallery: Team Japan’s Omotenashi Solar Decathlon House Bridges the Gap ...

Returning to outside of the building, the solar hot water heating system is neatly positioned at the front of the house. The house is oriented in a southerly direction and the water slowly runs through a coiled pipe that is naturally heated by the sun. Foregoing the traditonal lawn, the designers have put a paddy field in place so that residents are provided with up to half a years supply of rice. Moreover, the paddy field itself acts as a natural water filter for the grey water recycling system.

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