Sustainable House




Introduction: Sustainable House

This is my first instructable, with hopefully many more to come. I am a student at Ohio State Univ. studying architecture, and in the past month, decided to design a sustainable house to enter into the design competition. The first 4 images are renderings icreated using 3ds max (vray), Sketchup, Autocad, and Photoshop. The subsequent pdfs are snapshots of the 3d model that i took to illustrate the different sustainable design sensibilities.

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Step 1: First Rendering

This Rendering shows the north east face of the building. On the left you can see the main entrance into the house, which opens up into an open concept floor plan with the kitchen on the left, Living room & office to the right and a stair case to the bedroom suite in the middle. on the right one can see the north facade of the living room and 2nd floor bedroom which is fitted with floor to ceiling window views, as well as a bedroom balcony. In the front of the building, one can see the garden and compost space, which is separated from the house.

Step 2: Second Rendering

This rendering showcases what would conventionally be the backyard. On the right is the kitchen with a vaulted ceiling. The kitchen, and all of the south facade are fitted with floor to ceiling windows with the opportunity to open certain. Being able to open the window is important because since the prevailing winds come from the south In Columbus, OH (where I've located the project), the house can take advantage of the winds as a passive cooling strategy. The sun screens can also be seen on the Kitchen facade; this system  blocks out solar gain from the summer sun. On the left one can see the added car port which follows the aesthetic of the rest of the building, and on the right, one can see the Wind turbine which doubles as a hangout loft (in the middle), and a shed (bottom).

Step 3: Third Rendering

This rendering showcases some of the details of the house. It is taken from the view of the wind turbine loft, and looks down into the house. One has a closer look at the kitchen with the double height ceilings. The kitchen also takes advantage of fold out doors that open the kitchen to the outdoors. On the left one has a view of the bedroom, and the office / living room. The bedroom takes advantage of the sloped roof, by having double height ceilings and skylights. The skylights offer a unique component of a solar panel; The skylight is filled with lenses that focus light on to PV cells located on each lens. From this view one can also get a feel of the interior, from its punch-out windows to the modern mullions. 

Step 4: Fourth Rendering

The final rendering, is meant to put the viewer in the house. It does not include much more information than that of the previous renderings, but rather offers a interior feel, which can't be felt from the outside. The rendering shows lighting effects that penetrate through different windows and rooms, and illustrates the openness of the house.

Step 5: Chimney Effect

Step 6: Cladding

Step 7: Garden and Compost

Step 8: Geothermal

Step 9: Pavement

Step 10: Roof Systems

Step 11: PV Cells

Step 12: Solar Shade

Step 13: Water Collection

Step 14: Wind Turbine


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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    dude, pure epic


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Great ideas and something different - Well done! I found something to think about with the turbine loft idea - it's now part of my own concept for my house to be. Sure, we disagree on some parts but that's architecture and personal taste. The intersection between each roof will be hard to weatherproof, so I would space them apart and have a small deck between on the upper floor - also allows access for roof maintenance. (Experience: Joiner, Builder, Renovator of over 50 houses). Solar chimney would benefit from a source of cool air - incorporate an inlet vent that draws air over the cold water storage tank under the house to replenish the vented hot air. Again - Like the thinking!! keep 'em coming.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Few sugestions. I'm not some architect or construction engineer. But live experienced me with some ideas...
    1. Way too many windows. Great heat loss. First winter will freaze house. Better think about some passive house ideas.
    - Solar heated water
    - PV panels (but i think you have some in your peoject)
    - Great heat isolation
    - Construction which allows greater to heat dissipation in summer time and minimal or non in winter term.
    - Energy efficient air circulation which heat air inchalation from outside.
    2. Roof might be easly destroyed by stronger winds. Espetially diagonal shape non covered from all sides (wind generator might fly out).

    Rest seem to be a good ffor me. :)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    PS: Watter collection under ground (for greater tank) and small tank under the roof which will provide water to the toilets :)
    Toilets constructed that toilet water container will be filled with water from the sink.

    It wouild be like 60%water less used or even more ;P


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I understand that is what the primary function of this site is for, hence the name. As far as the design competition goes, that isn't a requirement. Also when you click on the create link there is an option to share just an image as opposed to step by step instructions. Fair is fair though, some might say i created the 3d model and composed the renderings, others might say that it isn't physical, and shoulldn't be showcased.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You really need to actually build this; the site is more fore makes than theory.