Graft Architects project: Bird Island strives to provide zero-energy living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Constructed from a bamboo frame wrapped in silicone-glass fabric, these homes reflect sunlight, reduce the need for air conditioning, and sway organically in the wind.

What is a zero-energy building?

zero-energy building is a popular term to describe a building with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. The zero-energy design principle is becoming more practical to adopt due to the increasing costs of traditional fossil fuels and their negative impact on the planet’s climate and ecological balance.

The zero net energy consumption principle is gaining considerable interest as renewable energy harvesting is a means to cutgreenhouse gas emissions. Traditional building consumes 40% of the total fossil energy in the US and European Union. [wikipedia]

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Project description from the Architects:

GRAFT is eager to explore territories of design offered by a new awareness of and open-mindedness to sustainable design, translating energy-saving requirements into poetic design solutions which are not only environmentally friendly and efficient, but provide a new interepretation of the spaces we live in. Along these lines, this structure in Kuala Lumpuro presents a cost-saving response to warm climate habitain. These living quarters provide an expansive shaded and ventilated outdoor living deck, concentrating the primary living space in a cooler interior core. A surrounding silicon glass skin structure provides a multifunctional translucent shell, casting subtle shadows and allowing changing view patterns, hence freeing the space from the bonds of traditional walls. Curtains enclose living spaces, creating privacy. This strategy is geared to cut waste and eliminate redundant energy systems. The optimized building skin doubles as a frame while implementing rainwater and solar heat collection systems, actin a swind flow conductor, and distributing rainwater. The entire structure is set on piers, minimizing erosion and affording natural cooling by allowing unobstructed air floor under its floor. Solar lotuses in the water nearby act as satellite energy – collectors, providing the remainder of the energy needed for the structure to operate as zero-energy building.

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