This Energy-Efficient Home Was Built Using Traditional Techniques

By: David Ingram - Oct 19, 2015
References: luisvelascoroldan & archdaily
This green-roofed home located in Sangolqui, Ecuador was designed to leave a minimal ecological footprint.

Designed by architects Luis Roldan Velasco and Ángel Hevia Antuña, this wooden home was made using locally sourced materials, and embraces traditional Ecuadorian techniques modeled to adapt towards local climate, social and economic realities. The eco-friendly green-roofed home is energy-efficient by using pumice stone for thermal insulation. Able to be easily dismantled, the home can also be transported and made to adapt to different climates around Ecuador as the needs of the inhabitants change.

A high-strength and extremely affordable lightweight eucalyptus wood was used to build the house's frame, and a grassy roof provides additional insulation as well as a lovely decoration. There is even an actual living tree growing right through the inside of the house.