Based on the fact that 33% of our salary goes to our rent, energy expenses related to our home, would it be possible to design homes that produce clean energy, fresh food and water?
Effekt studio is already working on it. Technology is applied to create a community in Almere, half an hour train distance from Amsterdam. Community design, providing clean energy, water and food.
Their goal to use aquaponic farming to reduce the land used and freeing it to build family units that go from 80 sqm housing + 20 sqm greenhouse, up to 140 sqm housing + 50 sqm terrace and 10 sqm greenhouse.
House-hold waste will be reused, the organic shall be used to get biogas, what remains will be used as compost, that will feed the flies that will follow the food chain up to the fish farm. The fishes’ waste will be used as plant fertilizer and so on.
25 housing units organised in a circle, food production facilities are placed in the centre: aquaponic farming, animal farm, communal spaces; the housing units are encasted in a glass envelope, to increase the greenhouses and 8 squares are connected to charge electric cars; they will also be used as drop off zone. A commitment to biodiversity and permaculture, since the free space up or better they don’t take it away from nature, reducing the footprint.
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