Today, with the example of a passive house from Midland,that in the state of Michigan (USA), we will consider how to arrange with your mind your own "nest", which can exist in harmony with Mother Nature. Today in our field of vision came a project called InVision Zero. This is the brainchild of 2 large American companies engaged in the development and construction of passive houses: Cobblestone Homes and Dow Chemical Company. They wanted to create an energy efficient house, accessible to ordinary citizens who do not have large funds. And passive houses, as you know, are projects that require an initially impressive investment of funds. But in the future they pay for themselves. Specialists of these companies managed to create a house,which uses 60-70% less energy than conventional ones. In appearance, he does not differ from them in any way, but his inner filling amazes imagination. InVision Zero has frame walls. They are insulated from the inside with a special thermal gel. The windows are equipped with triple-glazed windows Paradigm. The house is able not only to retain heat, but also to process steam and carbon dioxide (up to 30 233 pounds per year), turning them into electricity, and also providing them with heating systems. Interestingly, the roof of this passive house, toouneasy. It looks like ordinary tiles, but in fact - solar batteries, stylized for it. Excellent disguise! Due to this reception, the exterior of the house does not suffer, and its energy efficiency increases. Switches of light Green Switch work withoutelectric wires, on special chips that interact with each other. The brightness level is adjusted with dimmers. This also saves energy. As for the internal "filling" of the house, hereenvironmentally friendly materials predominate, many of which have been recycled. They are safe for the environment, and for man. For example, in the kitchen, we can observe quartz countertops, metal appliances, exhaust hoods, which can also convert steam into extra energy. For lighting, LED lamps and compact fluorescent lighting are used here. The cost of passive InVision Zero is 250 thousand US dollars.
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