Home Architecture Guide Historical and vintage constructions converted into green homes

Historical and vintage constructions converted into green homes

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Green Homes have become a trend nowadays as these homes highly upgraded with great features that help in sustainable living and preservation of nature. With modern use of technology and green construction methods, these homes have put a great impact on the environment. It is human to opt for a luxurious home without considering how badly it can affect the environment.

Even in olden times, houses were built without any thought about the environment or any planning any strategy for the green construction of the house. However, very often, some buildings were built that turned out to be environmentally friendly. These green buildings have served as the best example of construction and designing method of the green homes for the architects. Here is a list of old green houses that might inspire you with their amazing designs.

 Peralta Adobe in United States of America

Peralta Adobe in United States of America

Constructed in the 1700s, Peralta Adobe is the oldest home found in California, USA. The home is constructed with a mixture of clay and sand forming strong and long lasting bricks and walls. Adobe has been used as a construction material that can withstand intense climatic condition. It acts as a good insulator but also absorbs and releases heat. This serves as an innovate addition and can be used in various techniques. The house was built with the aim to be energy efficient and uses the solar energy for various activities.

Net Zero house in America

Net Zero house in America

This is a 110-year-old house that has been converted to eco friendly home. The house is known as net zero house as it produces the same amount of energy as it consumes. The roof of the house consists of solar panels that generate solar energy providing electricity to the house. Geothermal heating system and energy recovery ventilator has been installed in the house that helps the homeowners in dependency on the electricity.

Scotland Ardestie Earth house

Ardestie Earth house in Scotland

This building represents that our ancestors did definitely have a little knowledge about the green construction. Earth was used in building this house that acts as a good insulator. Many of the buildings were built on the earth rather on the top of the land, which reduces energy consumption and provide us with the option of the constructing rooms with high roofs. The buildings were built with an aim to stay warm during winter season.

Underground Homes in Australia

Underground Homes in Australia

Underground Homes serves the best idea to stay warm during winters. Dugout homes were built partially or completely underground. In olden times when the miners used to dig out the gems form the ground, the people used as an alternative to construct underground homes. These homes serve as best examples of using the earth as its walls, roofs and floors.

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Earthship in Taos

In 1960s Miachel Reynolds introduced this type of houses constructed with the material like tires, bottles and other organic material. These house uses the solar features such as skylight and greenhouse to makes use of the natural resources. This process helps to maintain the temperature without any use of external power source. The house is designed with energy efficient techniques.

Glass House in USA

Glass House in USA

Designed by Philip Johnson in 1947, glass house has glass on it four sides and is 1728 square foot in length. Spare black pillars and a glass door support the house. It makes maximum use of the sunlight.

Falling Water

Falling Water

Located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, the home is surrounded by a natural waterfall. The most attracting feature of the home is the cantilever arrangement over a cascade of waterfalls. This home is a luxury spot for those families who want to have natural and green vacation. The design of the house resemble to that of the glass and earth homes.

Summary

Our ancestors also believed in green construction that today serves as a great source of inspiration for us and the architects to implement these ideas in modern construction techniques.