Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this light-filled mobile home is sealed within an airtight 800-square-foot structure that locks in cool air and keeps Australia’s intense heat out. The solar panel-topped Carbon Positive House prototype can produce more energy than it consumes and is currently on display in Melbourne’s City Square.
Fronted by a floor-to-ceiling double-glazed facade, the self-sufficient Carbon Positive House was designed to maximize solar gain and passive design strategies. Instead of relying on mechanical heating and cooling, the naturally ventilated home uses in-ground tubes to pull in cool air from the south side. The building is topped by a green roof for added insulation as well as a set of sliding vertical garden walls that shade and cool the building in the summer.
The north-facing home is divided into two main areas: the double-glazed sunroom that serves as a buffer zone and spans the width of the structure; and the living quarters tucked behind the sunroom on the southern side. The compact living space comprises an open-plan dining area and kitchen on one end, and a bathroom and bedroom on the other; the private area is separated from the common space by a modular cabinetry wall. The bright and airy wood-paneled interior is made up of sustainably sourced and non-toxic materials, and the home’s energy-efficient appliances make use of rainwater recycling.
Images via ArchiBlox