United Nations delivers ELM, an eco-friendly housing for UN Headquarters. This project is a great start of futuristic housings that don’t leave the environmental aspect.
Living in the future doesn’t always mean that you need a house that consumes more energy. The sector had already consumed almost half of the Earth’s resources. It can also lead to the greenhouse effect.
As one of the answers to the problem, UN-Habitat and UN Environment will deliver ELM, an eco-house for the UN Headquarters located in New York City. The housing prototype features some compact rooms built-in renewable and eco-friendly material.
When talking about a minimalist and modern concept, it is not only about how to address a luxurious style in a small space. Minimalism relates to functionality.
People nowadays do not realize that even inside the home—their safest place—, they might encounter with some dangers. Some of the causes are the varnishes and paints used containing toxic substances. Not to mention the construction does not let natural lights in and has less ventilation.
The building uses biogenic and recycled materials. Thus, this house will help people to have settlements while they also save the planet by lessening unrenewable bins in the landfills. The prototype opts for the aero-hydroponic green wall to filter the VOC, and this choice is good for respirational health.
Most housings today lose up until 30% of the heat inside the house through the window and door gaps. It is such a waste, and the orientation of this UN’s minimalist house prototype is to reduce that matter.
The HeliOptix system in the room is the 100% energy source for the housing. It uses natural sunlight so that the heating system inside the house will not work too much. It can also help to reduce emissions.
Meanwhile, the roof can capture rainwater, and the house will store the water. It will be filtered as the potable water. In the summer times, the dehumidifier system will work and use the water supply to make the air inside the building getting cooler.
ELM is built in a trapezium form with the architecture design enhancing minimalism. However, it is not only about the style since this architectural option is an answer to lessen the operational energy inside the house.
Even though the house looks so tiny outside, it can fit into four people inside. It also features a kitchen, living room, bedrooms, bathroom, and toilet. That sounds ordinary, but the great part lies in the interior design and the materials that form the prototype.
When the prototype is made for the global scale, imagine the percentage of the gas emission and carbon footprint that can be reduced. This project is the exact answer to how we build decent settlements while saving the planet.