BaleHaus mainly consists of locally available materials. This solution uses roof panels and provides excellent insulation system that meets the specifications Passivhaus. Build, rebuild, reuse and recycle is the simple concept of any BaleHaus. BaleHaus reduces the heat demand of 80 percent of the use of the insulation system ModCell. All accessories and electrical appliances are energy efficient and help reduce energy consumption by 19 percent. The building materials used are renewable and efficient replacement of materials such as concrete and steel. These materials absorb and store carbon and return the oxygen atoms in the atmosphere, so it is a good example of carbon footprint reduction and durability in the environment. BaleHaus adopted the use of wind power and biomass fueled heat and plant to provide electricity. It also reduces carbon emissions consciously with community projects, such as carpooling, transportation, local food production and effective treatment of waste. BaleHaus design is smart, easy to use and significantly reduces carbon emissions without compromising quality and style of life of people.
Images of BaleHaus: A Domestic Carbon Bank Architecture by ModCell.
The BaleHaus has an additional feature however that allows it to become a carbon “bank”. Straw and timber are renewable resources that can provide a continuous renewable supply of building material, replacing high embodied energy (i.e. “CO2 generating”) materials such as steel and concrete. As straw and timber grow they absorb CO2 through photosynthesis, keep the carbon atom to make cellulose and give the oxygen atoms back to atmosphere. This is how we “bank” the carbon into the structure and fabric of each BaleHaus.
This process “banks” the equivalent of 130 tonnes of CO2 per house to deliver a less than Zero Carbon Home before any one moves in. Even allowing for the ca 70 tonnes of CO2 emitted during manufacture, supply and installation of the building fabric, structure, fixtures, fittings decoration mechanical and electrical equipment, this still leaves 60 tonnes of carbon in the “bank”.
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