A “ZEN HOME” is when a harmonious and healthy living environment is achieved, aided by the ancient art of Feng Shui as well as physically beneficial and environmentally friendly building technologies.
Modern buildings are often built with toxic and highly synthetic materials, which can potentially lead to diseases and allergies. Very often the causes of these allergies remain undetected. We want to help you understand the importance of the use of ecological building materials and their impact on your wellbeing.
Our expertise lies in designing extremely energy efficient and unique buildings, with harmless building materials and low requirements for unnatural temperature alteration. With style, of course.
“Passivhaus” is a German standard for extremely energy efficient building construction. It is built to constantly provide a comfortable interior climate, temperature being always maintained between 16-24°C without a traditional heating system or active cooling.
Good insulation in the walls naturally increases the rooms capability to store heat and keep it sealed within the room. Even during long periods of the absence of sun rays (for example, in winter) the “Passivhaus” ensures that interior temperatures do not drop drastically, or rise to an uncomfortable level during the summer.
A combination of; solar rays (caught and intensified by a special construction technology in the walls known as tomber, for example), body heat from its occupants, household appliances (a hair dryer or baking oven for example) and passive heat sources, cover much of the heat demand. Any remaining required heat is provided by supplied air. The heat produced inside the house is successfully contained thanks to the superior insulation of the building.
A Zero Energy Building (ZEB) is a building with zero energy consumption and zero carbon emissions, annually.
Buildings that produce a surplus of energy are called Energy-Plus Buildings.
Buildings that consume slightly more energy than they produce, are called Near-Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) or Ultra Low Energy Houses.
Although ZEB’s still remain fairly uncommon they are gaining popularity. The zero energy goal is becoming more practical as the costs of alternative energy technologies (e.g. solar panels and thorough insulation) decrease, whilst the costs of traditional fossil fuels increase.
“Spatial design” is an umbrella term used to describe the combination of product design, interior design, architecture and urban design. Things like gadgets, furniture and interior architecture are used to make optimal use of space available. The core notion of spatial design lies in thinking outside of the box when it comes to “space”- creating a 4th dimension by, for example, utilising beds that disappear below floor surfaces or between double ceilings, kitchens or offices that are hidden behind wall surfaces and split levels that offer multi purpose living.
An Ecological house is modelled on the energetic and material factors of its surrounding natural ecosystem, and enhances rather than degrades the environment. Like an ecosystem itself, an ecological house conserves precious resources (energy, water, food). It can also produce these resources, or at least gather and store more of them than it uses. The leftover resources are distributed back into the environment to support life elsewhere.
In contrast, a standard house is a resource drain. Life’s essentials flow into it, often wastefully, are dissipated. The flow of resources is unidirectional, from input to output, without being used to its full potential.
However, in an ideal ecological house the resource flow is circular, minimising any waste. Ecosystems import energy and use it to sustain themselves and create more resources- just like houses can. The chain of energy starts with solar power, which then converts to multiple types of energy, offering an abundance of uses. “Reduce, re-use, re-cycle” is nature’s motto, applicable to architecture for the benefit of your health, your expenditure and the planet.