The term Eco-housing means that each life-cycle step of a building, from siting, design and construction, to operation and maintenance and finally demolition, is planned in an environmentally responsible and resource efficient way. There are several aspects that need to be considered for ecological construction. These include in the first place positioning, which is appropriate in different climates and social contexts, and such use of materials that ensures a minimal environmental impact during extraction and processing. Following regulation guidelines and taking into consideration the services that the area makes available, as well as the grade of access for people is essential. Learn more about eco-houses in these interactive lectures.
This lecture consists of 4 parts. At the end of the lecture, you have a chance to test your knowledge in the lecture quiz.
Part 1 is concerned with proper building siting for eco-houses in different climates and social conditions. It explains how eco-housing can maximize the use of available energy from the environment by employing principles of passive design. Part 2 is directed towards the construction of eco-housing. It delves into eco-friendly construction materials, namely wood and loam bricks, as well as principles of modular construction. Part 3 looks into the operation and demolition of eco-housing, i.e. the pros and cons of renewable energy sources, water efficiency and different sanitation options available, composting, as well as aspects to be considered regarding demolition. Part 4 provides an overview of the historical development, from Bauhaus to modern ecological design, and examples of eco-housing, including micro houses, tiny houses and bio-solar houses.
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