Anatomy of a bioclimatic house
A bioclimatic regenerative building does much more than harvesting the sun and the wind to generate energy.
It’s about interacting with the environment, acting as though the building is an essential part of a whole ecosystem.
It’s all about passive design techniques exploiting natural available resources to achieve maximum efficiency and comfort.
We work with the vegetation and the features of the surrounding landscape to provide natural light, shading and ventilation.
Passive solar design techniques harness natural sunlight via building orientation and window sizing to reduce energy requirements and create a more efficient way of living.
They work with the surrounding flora to provide thermal insulation and sound barriers.
By tweaking just a few small aspects of our daily rituals, we can improve our relationship with the sun to benefit our homes and our general health.
Instead of sipping your morning coffee on the couch while the sun is rising, throw a blanket on your shoulders and go out.
Align yourself and your home with the light.
Building are an integral part of the enviroment they inhabit
With passive design techniques, we build drier homes, preventing mould formation for cleaner indoor air and healthier living conditions.
Rain water is harvested to reduce consumption and wastewater is cleaned and recycled, giving back to the environment what we have taken.
Harvested rain water and cleaned wastewater are used for gardens, orchard irrigation and decorative features like ponds and artificial lakes. These become now guilt-free and responsible ways to inhabit a place, instead of intensive energy consuming activities that put a strain on the landscape.
Weather conditions, hills, mountains, trees and bushes are all part of the design process, just as much as any other architectural or building techniques.
The interaction between building and environment is a fully immersive experience before your home is built, and after, when you’ll actually live in it.
We generate most of the energy needed from natural and renewable sources:
- We harvest the sun for generating electricity and thermal energy
- We go with the wind for our electricity
We supplement our energy production with:
- Thermal and electric heat pumps that reduce energy costs drastically compared to traditional gas or electric boilers
- Proper insulation with natural fibers that insure no energy produced is lost and efficiency is achieved in all possible ways
- Roofs turn into sun captures or come alive as green living roofs, reinforcing the building partnership with the environment and helping to keep the house cool during the hot Portuguese summers.
- Bioclimatic houses are alive and breathing.
Wood or mud-brick walls allow a natural exchange of air between the outdoor and the indoor without compromising heat retention or blocking heat protection during the hot months.
The alternatives building materials used are all-natural:
Cork, Limestone, Bio-cement, Wood and mud bricks, Straw-bale, Ytong building blocks, Thermal-acoustic clay brick
Natural building insulation materials such as cellulose, hemp, grass-based products, wood fibre, straw and cotton act as carbon storage and reduce embodied energy and carbon footprint of homes and buildings.
Alternative building construction techniques:
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), Light steel frame construction, Strawbale Homes, Rammed Earth Homes, Modular steel frame construction, Timber-framed building, Mass timber.
Our services are 360 degrees. In addition to architectural services, we assist our client with:
- Habitation licence
- Architectural specifications
- Certificate A and A+
- Architecture acoustic certification
- A beautiful bioclimatic house like no other