Energy efficient homes are truly stunning concepts when they are married to a big city environment. While energy efficient homes or solar homes are frequently built in rural areas or in heavily wooded regions the spacious plots and large open spaces surrounding the home make it a much easier build. A well thought out energy efficient home in a bustling metropolis, however, can be more impressive as it will allow people a new contact with a nature while also providing a high quality environment in which to live.
The EFdeN house is built by a young team of Romanian architects that proposes to create a modern solar house that provides a healthy environment in one of the most hectic, busy, and polluted of European capitals. Its goal is to change the way people think of town houses, transforming them from energy consumers into efficient homes that are self-sufficient.
Increased quality of life and a better interaction with nature are just as much a part of this project as is the eco-friendly aspect. The house impresses through a number of distinct features. The positioning and large windows help it take full advantage of the sun’s free energy, heating the house in the cold season and also helping with natural ventilation in the warmer season.
Thick insulation is also a key aspect of the EFdeN house, a concept that requires good craftsmanship, a strong design and high quality materials. Re-using interior warmth while also ventilating the house is a key aspect in achieving a pleasant interior environment with little to no energy consumption. A series of well-placed solar panels as well as a careful approach to recycling and reducing water and electricity consumption are also vital in creating an efficient and comfortable home.
Through its very nature, this urban dwelling will help reduce pollution by allowing its residents to use public transport or short car rides to meet their work, entertainment or social needs without a lengthy commute.