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Self-sufficient house

In the countryside of Drenthe, near Dwingeloo, a fully self-sufficient house has been built. A house that, in the future, will not be connected to any electricity or water network. By applying sustainable technologies, the house is highly energy efficient. In addition, the materials of both the interior and exterior are of recycled or reused products.

The house is heated by means of six solar collectors, heat pumps (for cold and heat storage at 150m below ground level) and a wood fire stove, that together heat a water tank with a 1,000-litre capacity. The wood fire stove provides additional comfort during the colder months. The 32 solar panels provide sufficient electricity.

architect: Pieter Brink / client: private / contractor: HuneBouw bv / gross floor area: 250 m² / completion: 2015

Recycled materials

The timber framed wall is 35 cm thick and completely insulated, as is the 40 cm thick roof. The facades consist of recycled brick walls and concrete tiles. The frames are finished with timber that was used in the scaffolding. Additionally, the recycled and reused materials of the interior consists of the kitchen counter being made ​​from traffic signs; the bathroom walls being partly covered with the plastic dust hood of a lorry and the wooden floors are of used brick partitions.

The property generates enough energy for its own use, but there is still a problem with electricity storage. As soon as technology finds a responsible solution, the house will be disconnected from the mains.

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