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The 'Orchid House' Can Make Taiwanese Social Housing More Sustainable

 - Mar 21, 2014
References: & gizmag
Orchid House is a concept design for eco-friendly and cost-friendly housing structures that would be good for the environment and improve conditions for people living in Taiwanese social housing.

In high-density Taiwanese cities, limited land has meant the construction of tall apartment housing complexes. This results in a lack of vegetation, high humidity and high energy usage rates.

The Orchid House concept borrows from the process of plant photosynthesis: a cyclical process where water and energy is supplied to the entire plant. To achieve a similar result, custom-made photovoltaic panels would sit atop the roof to absorb sunlight. This energy would then be converted to heat using a solar thermal water device, creating a hot water system that flows underneath to radiate warmth from below the floor.

The house would also have a 'Green Core' walled with vegetation to assist with cooling in the summer. An outdoor terrace space includes planting beds integrated into the water system and nourished via drip irrigation.

The Orchid House could generate 987 Gigawatt-hours of energy per year and collect 20,448 tons of rainwater, reducing burdens on sewage systems, keeping the homes cool and watering vegetation.