Self-sufficient bio-houses for a post climate change world

Combining existing technologies and green building solutions, W-LAB’s futuristic homes are designed for a post-climate change desert climate.

The Spanish company W-LAB has designed a new habitat with low environmental impact, a proposal on how people could survive in a possible post-climate change scenario.

Scientific studies diagnose that many temperate climatic zones could become arid zones with unfavorable climates. Extreme temperatures and new climatic conditions will force us to rethink urban settlements and their construction.

Each house is completely self-contained, so they do not need commercial power grids. They feature an aerodynamic shape that reduces wind friction and improves stability, while minimizing noise, vibration and site erosion. In terms of technology, all broadband internet connections can be delivered by satellite and goods would be delivered by drones.

Designed for maximum flexibility of use, residents will be able to work and exercise from home.

They design the interior of the house as a space capable of housing small greenhouses for growing food, with garden produce available to residents right in their living room and kitchen.

Organic and crop debris would be composted for plant manure.

The water will be obtained by fog collectors that capture humidity from the coast or modular water desalination plants.

Gray and residual water is treated with systems in the basement of the house and can be reused for crop irrigation inside the greenhouses.

It has solar panels and external wind turbines that will allow obtaining clean energy, storable in batteries installed under the basement of the house.

Sustainable materials.

Materials and solutions of natural origin or with a high degree of reuse and recycling.

  • Structure and coverings: alternative woods from American agaves. Popularly known as “desert wood” because it grows easily in arid climates and has been widely used in bio-construction. It can be treated to form panels and laminates, and be as durable as other woods used in architecture. Its fibers can be reused and made into other building materials.
  • Interior insulation: From the very fibers of the agave, even with its roots, thermal insulation can be obtained, without chemical additives.
  • The base supports: to avoid a permanent but durable concrete foundation, they propose a system of screw piles in the ground that can be inserted punctually into the ground. The biggest advantage is that they can be removed at the end of the cabin’s useful life or when the construction needs to be moved to another location.

The elements that must necessarily be metallic in the house are designed in aluminum thanks to its great capacity for recycling and reuse.

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