Second time around

Samy Mansour
30 Nov 2009

Following on from their initial sustainable residence, FARO produces a 100% CO2-reduction for their second version

The exterior façade is made of burnt wood, an old Japanese technique that preserves the wood in a natural way. The burnt top layer preserves the wood and eliminates the need for paint or impregnation. This home is designed around a large live in kitchen on the ground floor. Up the stairs is a split level floor with a large balcony and a living room. The living room rests on a horizontal tree. Using this tree features all stadia of wood in the house: tree, timber and ash. The tree was salvaged from one of the canals of Amsterdam, where it had to be removed for restoration of the quay.

By bringing the house to a passive level with an insulation value of Rc=10 using triple glazing, 100% liquid-tight joints and heat exchangers a CO2 reduction is realised. The insulation materials are organic. The integrated photovoltaic cells in the roof line and the wind mills generate enough electricity to supply both the nominal electricity demand as well as for the heating of the water. The air supply comes via the outside and will be heated by a Sole ground source heat exchanger two meters under the house. Extra energy for space heating and warm water will be supplied by warm water collectors. These are integrated in the cornice of the façade. The temperature can be increased if needed by use of an air/water heat pump. Electricity will be provided by two wind turbines and 6 m2 PV panels.

Located in Amsterdam, Residence 2.0 is energy-neutral and is built according the cradle-to-cradle principles. Animations of the most important energy-neutral principles can be seen on FARO's website

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