ArchiBlox, a modular buildings specialist, has recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home. A prototype of this prefab home has been installed in Melbourne’s City Square.
This compact carbon-positive house with ‘edible garden walls’, a sunroom, and an insulating grass roof generates more energy than it uses.
Over its lifespan, this prefab house is likely to offer the same environmental benefits as planting 1,095 native Australian trees.
As per Green Magazine, over the home’s lifespan, it will emit 1,016 tons of carbon dioxide less than a standard building which is equivalent to taking 267 cars off the road. Here are some of its features:
- The house is fronted by a floor-to-ceiling double-glazed façade.
- There are sliding edible garden walls to block the sun’s rays and cool the building in the summer.
- The House is designed to maximize solar gain in winter.
- There are solar rooftop panels for power generation.
- It contains in-ground cooling tubes which are designed to create cross-flow ventilation.
- The house also harvests rainwater.