The basic idea:
The basic idea was to minimize the so-called service area in the apartment, it results in the biggest and the most flexible living area. The so-called service areas are the bathroom with steam room, the kitchen with all necessary appliances and a small moveable counter for breakfast and a wardrobe, which can slice out and black for shoes, for the strida bike and for other stuffs. The storage space for Shindelhauer thin bike located right from the entrance door.
I tried to make the living area s flexible as possible. Basically there are 2 kind of uses this are: the daily use and the nighttime use. In daytime the work table for DIY, the sitting area for guests, and the home office can be folded down from the furniture along the wall. For larger company there are a �Goliath� table from Resource Furnitures for 12 person. The chairs are the so called flux chairs, which can be folded out and in a cca. 1,5 cm sheet. The chairs therefore can easily stored in bulks in the cabinets. The designer and the inventor of the Flux chair is Douwe Jacobs.
At night two queen bed can be pull down from the ceiling. One as the �master bedroom� and the other one for 2 guests. The construction can be operated with one man with the help of pneumatic pumps. The shaders give the visual privacy for the guests.
As in the requirements described the aim is to reduce the energy use by 70 % and the heating-, cooling- and water use by 80 %. These aims can be achieved by the following stuffs:
PCM system (Phase change material system), PV façade system and shaders (Mechoshade home system) on the windows of the living room, recycled and reuse materials, as eco-friendly linoleum, bioglass kitchen counter. Optional energy generating floor is designed up to the demands and the development of this technology. In order to reduce the water use I used dual flush toilets, faucet aerators, low-flow shower head eco-smart taps and greywater recycling system (e.g.: Sloan, Greenlinkwater or Roca). In the kitchen I designed eco-friendly appliances with low energy use, windowfarm, selective waste collection and winter fridge, which is an insulated cupboard with the existing small window on one side, so in winter the cupboard function as a natural fridge.
Some sustainable ideas description:
A folding chair not only saves valuable floor
space and makes moving a breeze, more importantly it allows you to sit down
wherever you like. The beach, the park, you name it! Add to that the fact that
it�s easy to send by mail, and thus drastically reducing CO2 emissions when
transported efficiently in bulk, and you can see why in a modern world foldable
furniture is as relevant as it ever was.
Keeping this in mind and being inspired by folded paper sculptures, I folded a tiny, elegant, paper scale model of a chair. Even though it was just a simple cut-out from a single sheet of paper, it was surprisingly strong. And even better: it didn�t look like anything I�d ever seen before! /www.fluxchair.com/
Optional energy generating floor:
Piezoelectric flooring is a technology with a wide range of applications that is slowly being adopted in the race to develop alternative energy sources. After all, human power is readily available in pretty much any area with heavy foot traffic, such as a dancefloor, or a tourist attractions. Naturally, we were excited to hear that JR East will be installing these systems in the floor of one of busiest subway stations on the planet.
JR East has been trialing these systems for the past year. They have recently improved and expanded the system by changing the floor covering from rubber to stone tiles, and have improved the layout of the mechanisms to improve energy generation. The total amount of floor-space will add up to around 25 square meters, and they expect to obtain over 1,400kw per day � more than enough to power their systems. /www.inhabitat.com/
Patrick Morris� Sky Planter is deceptively simple, consisting of a hanging potted houseplant turned upside down. But upon closer inspection we can see that Morris didn�t stop there. The Sky Planter actually uses a ground-breaking internal reservoir system that feeds water directly to the roots without leaks or evaporation, using up to 90% less water than ordinary pots. The system locks in the soil so there�s no mess, and our favorite part is that you only have to water your plant once or twice a month! /www.inhabitat.com/
Windowfarms let you grow food year-round inside
while maximizing space. They are vertical food-growing gardens that use a
dirt-free technique called hydroponics. You can buy a kit or build your own
using low-impact or recycled local materials. Having a windowfarm is more about
the activity and experience of windowfarming, these are living systems, not
just a pretty thing to look at.
This site is the online community of windowfarmers around the world. Together, we are continually getting better at growing food in the local conditions of our own homes. We are contributing to the �green revolution� as non-experts. We call it R&D-I-Y, or research and develop it yourself. We use this site to collaborate on evolving designs for these vertical hydroponic systems� proposing experiments, testing techniques, and developing a shared knowledge base around the many variables involved in building and maintaining a farm inside a city apartment.
Bioglass kitchen counter:
Bio-Glass� Bio-Glass is a Future Friendly� material made of 100% recycled and recyclable glass with no colorants or additives. A truly �ecologically intelligent product� (MBDC 2008). May help contribute toward LEED credits with USGBC project certification. Cradle-to-Cradle Silver Tier third party certified. Material ConneXion, GreenSpec, and Green Building Pages listed. Recycled Content: 100%.
Natural window fridge:
The fridge of the future just may give you a peak into the outside world. That�s the thinking behind �Window Fridge�, a wall-mounted unit fitted in the wall just like a regular window. By using the temperature and humidity of the outside air, Window Fridge efficiently increases the life span of fresh food. On the inside of the fridge is a shelf that can be used to store fruit and other foods like vegetables that don�t necessarily require refrigeration.
Greywater recycling system:
Greywater System puts bathroom sink water to good use. This system filters the water that goes down your sink drain and then uses it to flush your toilet, saving thousands of gallons of water annually. The system funnels water that flows down the lavatory sink and routes it through a sanitizing device that cleans and filters the water. The water then goes to a storage reservoir under the sink. When a toilet that is connected to the system flushes, it pumps water from the reservoir to the flush tank. The system significantly reduces the amount of clean, potable water needed for toilets by reusing greywater, which is perfectly suitable for flushing.
Hansgrohe have an established history as a world leader in energy and resource saving technology. These technologies range from the solar tower which powers the manufacturing plant to the Pontos grey water recycling system. As a new sustainability measure, Hansgrohe have introduced the EcoSmart technology. The special aerator integrated into the spout of the mixer enriches the water with air. This not only lowers the water consumption of the mixer by about 50% by maintaining a steady flow of 7.2 litres per minute. The Air Technology of Hansgrohe infuses the water with air, giving a more voluminous flow even at a lower consumption rate. This is achieved by the introduction of a precision formed Elastomer, the shape of which changes to moderate the flow of water to a constant level. / www.articlesbase.com/
LED ambient lamps:
An LED bulb has a life of over 25,000 hours (that's about 15 years of standard usage), though up until now, the light emitting diodes have been relegated to Christmas lights and lighting in some houses (many people complain that the light is too cool or harsh for ambient light). But Philips has launched their new bulb, the A19 AmbientLED, an 800-lumen bulb that is warm in color and dimmable, making it ideal for ambient applications. The 12-watt bulb delivers the same illumination as a 60-watt incandescent, at 20% of an incandescent's energy. On top of all that, the AmbientLED bulb contains no mercury or lead and fits in any standard bulb fixtures