15 Inspiring Home Designs | Green Homes | Sustainable

– [Reacher] Sustainable, eco-friendly, recyclable, and green, there are many terms we use, and we’re always interested in what the industry has
to offer in those areas. This is Reacher, and
today we’re bringing you 15 of our favorite sustainable houses. (electronic music) – [Woman] Number 15. – [Reacher] Amsterdam
based Fiction Factory is responsible for this modular house, and I’m seriously bothered by the fact that I can’t have on shipped to the U.S. Each 55 square foot section
is formed by wrapping 24 layers of high-strength
cardboard around a mold. The outside is then covered
with a waterproof film, and a shell of wooden slats to
protect it from the elements. The interior is covered
with a formed plywood, which is also used in
separating the living spaces. Each piece weighs in at 1,100 pounds, eliminating the need for
a foundation once on site. The modularity allows for
a flexible building style that lets the owner create
their house in any fashion, as there’s no limit to
the number of sections that can be connected. Current pricing on this one will run you about $34,000 for a three section home. – [Woman] Number 14. – [Reacher] This structure, which is used mostly as a holiday retreat, was designed to be mobile due to zoning laws regarding
local beach houses. The owners did this by building
it on two wooden sleds, which allow it to be
moved easily over land. The front wall winches
open to form an awning above large glass doors, which swing open to reveal a living room,
dining area, and kitchen. Behind the kitchen is the bathroom, and the children sleeping area, which consists of three bunk beds. A loft area above the kitchen
houses the main bedroom, with a wall-mounted ladder
that goes from the lower floor to the roof, which also
serves as an observation deck. Other than the occasional
non-recyclable waste, the structure is self-sustaining, including a worm tank waste system, which you don’t see too often. – [Woman] Number 13. – [Reacher] This project
in the Netherlands started with a piece of agricultural land that was transformed by
planting 70,000 trees, and building an extremely
huge pond for migratory birds. The elevated structure
has a total floor area, measuring 770,000 square feet. The open floor plan and rectangular design allows for almost uninterrupted views from one end to the other. This lack of walls allows
the glass enclosed structure to take full advantage
of the natural light, as well as the heat that it creates. One of the supports for
the house also serves as access to the outside, leading to a lower level
with another living area and a six car garage. Power from the house comes from
a roof-mounted solar array, measuring just over 3,000 square feet. This, along with the thermal recycling creates an excess of energy that can be stored for
use in cooler months. – [Woman] Number 12. – [Reacher] The Zero
House is a 650 square foot microdwelling that can be assembled almost anywhere in the
world in just one day. It’s foundation consists
of four ground posts, allowing it to be constructed on almost any terrain, including water. The completely off-grid
home can accommodate four adults in the dual modular setup. The lower module contains
a full size kitchen and living room, while the upper module houses two bedrooms and the bathroom. This one also utilizes the outdoor space via decks each side, which sit on the roof of the lower module. The starting price on this one
will run you around $350,000. – [Woman] Number 11. – [Reacher] This home,
located on a wooded hilltop above Michigan’s Glen Lake,
started as a one story cabin, which morphed into a four story tower with a smaller footprint. All total, it offers 1,400
square feet of space, over three levels, which sit a full level above the ground on two side walls. The structure, for lack
of a proper description, is basically a plywood box
suspended between metal walls with some glass thrown into the mix. The bottom level houses a
mudroom and the guest bedroom, while the level above that has the main bedroom and bathroom. The uppermost floor
includes the living room, dining area, and kitchen, as well as having floor to ceiling windows that provide an almost uninterrupted view of the surroundings. Each level also has
it’s own separate deck, providing even more space
to enjoy the landscape. – [Woman] Number 10. – [Reacher] This small
development in Western Australia sits on a plot of land, which
was divided into four lots. The building process involved
using over 90% recycled construction waste from
the previous dwelling, as well as other demolition sites. Like most designs of this nature, each house is set in a way which allows better temperature control through cross ventilation
and maximizing solar access. A two kilowatt solar array provides for the electrical needs, while still creating and excess of energy, which adds to the carbon
positive nature of the home. Dual plumbed rainwater tanks flow to the toilets and washing machines, as well as providing
water for the landscaping. The floor plans are laid
out to increase flexibility and adaptability for longterm use, allowing for minimal changes when reconfiguring the internal structure. This approach not only provides
a multi-generational home, but also creates a space
that can be turned into it’s own self-contained
living area if needed. While you’re trying to figure out how to milk your neighbor’s solar power like you do their cable service, be sure to hit that subscribe button, and click that bell icon to keep up with all of
our upcoming videos. – [Woman] Number nine. – [Reacher] This A-frame
prototype is located on an island just outside
the Helsinki city center. Nolla, which is Finnish for zero, is named for the cabin’s purpose of getting visitor to live using less, while spending more time
focusing on the outdoors. The 107 square foot cabin is built from sustainable materials, and functions entirely
using renewable energy. Inside you’ll find a space
the size of a small bedroom, which contains two beds
and a small cooking area with a stove that’s used
for heating as well. Electrical needs are supplied
by roof-mounted solar panels, but running water is not available. This is supplied by a well, with bathing being done in the sea. The cabin is available
for rent through Airbnb, with all proceeds from the rent going toward the ocean clean-up project. – [Woman] Number eight. – [Reacher] This zero energy home, from Missouri based Acre Designs, was first introduced in Spring of 2016 when the company’s co-founders decided to give their first prototype
an 18 month test run. Named the Axiom House, each
one is built from a template, which shortens the estimated build time to half that of a normal
home of comparable size. There are two models to choose from, the Series A, which has
a more traditional look, and the Series B, which fits
more into a modern setting. Employing a modular design that
includes around 40 systems, which monitor the hvac,
security, water and lighting, the company estimates a reduction in household energy
consumption by up to 90%. Currently offering a
total of nine floor plans, the Series A and Series
B have starting prices of $470,000 and $440,000 respectively. – [Woman] Number seven. – [Reacher] What began as an
entry in eco-house competition has now evolved into a structure providing a use for several
different applications. The Passive Pod employs the latest in passive house standards, having such features
as seasonally oriented floor to ceiling windows,
a hybrid solar roof that generates 4.2
kilowatts at peak power, and a rainwater harvesting system. The compact form, which
is prefabricated off site, utilizes the minimum amount of surface area required for the home. The open plan of the ground
floors sits in stark contrast to the upper floor, which
contains four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a laundry room. The centrally located staircase
also serves a dual purpose by promoting ventilation and natural light via the skylight at the top. The company is currently seeking investment capital for prototypes, with an estimated build
date sometime in 2019. – [Woman] Number six. – [Reacher] There’s something
about sustainability and a waterside location that
seemed to have a connection, and this villa on an island
just outside of Amsterdam is no exception. The exterior of the building is covered with a white ribbed aluminum
that aids in cooling the house, which has a living space measuring just over 3,200 square feet
between the two floors. The interior has a contrasting nature, employing such materials
as untreated steal, and 200 year old wood. The main floor has floor to ceiling sliding glass doors in the rear, which open up to the kitchen. Moving forward from
that is the living room, with a wood burning fire place, and a stairwell, which
leads to the upper level. The top floor houses the
bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the 377 square foot terrace, providing uninterrupted views
of the gardens and waterway. This house, like most of it’s kind, isn’t connected to the local power grid. Instead, it utilizes thermal recycling, solar panels, and highly efficient forms of insulated material, such
as triple pane windows. – [Woman] Number five. – [Reacher] This eco-friendly housing unit is another of the modular prefabs that can be built around
the needs of the owner. Each one has a floor space
composed of a wooden veranda, measuring 270 square feet, and an interior measuring 388 square feet. A large sliding glass door
opens up to a main room that contains the living room, and a fully equipped
kitchenette with an island. A sliding door opens off of that to a bedroom with a double bed. On the opposite side of the main room, is a second bedroom
containing two twin beds. Behind that is a full bathroom
with a standup shower. The photos that you’ve
seen here are from a design currently being used for
bungalows on a beach in Greece. If anyone would like more information, I’m willing to go see firsthand how awesome they actually are, strictly for scientific
purposes of course. – [Woman] Number four. – [Reacher] This next
entry, called the Zero Home, seems to employ every eco-friendly option available when building a house. It includes five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, as well as a four car garage
with a charging station. Starting at the top, the
roof has 10 kilowatts of solar panels that provide electricity and help heat tankless water heaters. The windows don’t open, which
creates an air-tight structure that requires the use
of a ventilation system that continuously replaces the
inside air with outside air. The kitchen utilizes all
Energy Star appliances, while a wall-mounted LED is
used for home automation. The company currently offers these homes starting around $350,000. – [Woman] Number three. – [Reacher] This come in castle Germany is part of an ecological development started in the early 1990s. The honeycomb design of
this 2,325 square foot home is composed of a series
of seven domed rooms built from bricks, timber, and clay. These clay coils, which
are formed from cotton hoes filled with loam, are then
stacked and shaped as needed. Like any normal home, this
one has your standard rooms, with each one branching
off from the central dome. The living room has built-in arch seating areas in the walls, while a sunroom in the rear
opens up to a back garden. This, along with domed
skylights in the home sod roof, create an exterior that
is not only unassuming to the environment, but
complimentary to the interior. – [Woman] Number two. – [Reacher] The nature
inspired Yin and Yang house is also located in castle Germany, though it’s a far cry and style
from our earlier mud house. The design incorporates a rooftop garden, composed of a system of
planters and greenhouses, which allow the owners to grow
a full selection of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, while the shape of the roof helps channel rainwater for irrigation. The home’s interior
provides 807 square feet of living space over two levels. Floor to ceiling windows
surround a ground floor that contains a single car garage, the master bedroom, and an
open kitchen and dining area. The upper floor has a large office, and the upstairs living room,
which has access to the roof. Construction on this one
started around mid-2018, but as of yet, there’s no word on pricing. So how do you feel about
sustainable living? Do you think it’s worth
it over the longterm? Let us know in the comments what your view is on these homes, and what you think the next
step is moving forward. – [Woman] Number one. – [Reacher] This oddly unique structure is a collaborative effort
between architects, experts, and companies from
over 20 different countries. It’s called the FabLab House, and it was designed to
utilize the natural resources of water, wind, and sun, along with the control systems at hand to optimize the living environment. It has two entrances,
a doorway on the side, which opens to a long sloping walkway, and a large opening at
one end of the structure. Upon entering, you’ll
find an open floor plan, which includes a social area, a loft bedroom above the
bathroom, a small kitchen, and a main sleeping room
on the opposite end. The whole structure is elevated
on three separate supports, creating a shaded space
underneath for outdoor activities. The flexible solar panel array
can be arranged and adapted for the changing seasons to
maximize it’s energy output, allowing it to create up to three times the energy the house consumes. It’s currently marketed in sizes all the way up to just
over 1,000 square feet, with a current starting price of $52,000. (upbeat music) – Hey guys, this is Cassie, I hope you guys enjoyed this video, tell us in the comments below what you found to be the
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  • Tom Tuttle

    Number 9, glorified tent.

  • Damago C

    1st house: * exists *

    Hurricane: Nope * blows wind*

    1st house: * ded *

  • I dont wanna be tracer so you can

    I dunno what to comment

  • Karl P

    Great video. Love the way you pack in the key information in a tight timeframe for each segment. I live in Western Australia so was interested in those housing units in Broome.

  • HRD Heather 77

    the 3rd house shown looks like a modern office building.

  • Tayro Thinkingoutloud

    More propaganda. "It's green." How the f-k do you figure? The glass for that elevated monstrosity would require more energy to make than 10 average homes. How is that "green?" After the life cycle of that disaster, your left with tons of hazardous non biodegradable glass. "But glass is recyclable." Yea again at a energy cost that's off the charts.

  • Millennium X Beats & More

    House goals

  • HRD Heather 77

    windows that dont open is a fire trap

  • HRD Heather 77

    the last house would be the one I live in #1

  • Thomas Waldorf

    i see lots if trouble move your furniture in WoW

  • NY

    Agenda 21/2030 trying to convince us that those houses are beautiful when they are beyond ugly.

  • Hear You

    Love the vid, but you are not getting the metric conversion right, the sq. feet mentioned in the video do not correspond to the sq. m of the graphics. To make it easy: 1 sq m = 3 sq feet (approximately). Keep up the amazing work !!

  • Cathleen Baldwin Maggi

    I think 13 was my favorite

  • Can we not?

    There are some intriguing ideas here. I especially like homes which use outlandish designs to take advantage of natural forces and thusly increase their efficiency.

  • John Pinner

    where is the tepee

  • fbabdiver

    loved the clockwork orange house! with all that in and out bits!

  • David Blalock

    I find it quite hypocritical to call something "sustainable" that lacks the capacity to endure.

  • PhoebeFay RuthLouise

    I like #2 that included the garden to grow your own food on top of the house! I must be hungry…

  • Stone Branson

    interesting as i am a builder . mum said good work and research Reacher

  • Kandi Wolfe

    Any reason WHY, other than greed, some of these homes are costing hundreds of thousands of dollars?? Ridiculous!!

  • witchwayne

    Coast to much…….Sustain that.

  • Christine Aldret

    All these houses are in the nature. So what do you do for cities ? Unless nature comes back in the cities , I don' t see . So first. The obligation to make Nature comes back in the cities. A great program !!!!

  • koma dori

    these may be eco friendly, but they fail to consider alternately abled people

  • Rishard Adams

    1st one goes up in flames very quickly!!!

  • grafvonstauffenburg

    Most interesting: The last one and an earlier one that was four storied…. Most of these designs are VERY labour-intensive and expensive on a sq.meter basis. The avoid metal cladding & framing, both of which are repeatedly recyclable. Finally most are inherently stand alone which limits their "village appeal"!

  • Richard Mattingly

    Sustainable except for price is why these designs won't be built in the numbers that might make a difference to the environment any time soon. Being green shouldn't mean being unaffordable and it's why those that want to have as little impact as possible often build there own since there's no real alternative. The home's heating/cooling/electrical needs CO2 footprint is massive and there's no market for a zero impact housing if the systems that make it that way cost as much or more than it's fossil fueled/non green counterparts.

  • Casey Kelso

    most interesting @ 14:40………you! ha ha ha great vids !

  • dinakb

    Some very cool ideas but so many are very expensive and have stairs.

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  • Dan Anthony

    I'd never spent 34 k on cardboard.

  • G Froese

    I have to ask . How can something be sustainable if it's unaffordable ?

  • alex Smith

    I'm the 700 like

  • Bron

    Would be better if they all were made from less damaging materials. Concrete and steel are very harsh to create.

  • RNRachelD

    #3 – the mud house. Would’ve loved to see more of it. Hard to get more “natural “ than that,

  • mike brink

    What ever became of Paris Hilton?

  • mike brink

    You can get tons of card board for free, I'm curious how they shaped and made the card board layers solid…Layers of cardboard would also be well insulated.

  • graywoulf

    Sustainable and eco friendly yet not budget friendly at all except for a few of them. The last one is just plain ugly. I think that the mobile tiny home styles beat most of these.

  • Clive Bonny

    Very good selection of diverse styles. As most are one off designs they will be expensive. The Passiv Pod zero carbon design number 7 has strong timber ply for offsite modular replication in quantity. Their home garden office at £33K is less than a brick extension and students learn more in biophilic classrooms. Great choices all round.

  • Michael Naputi

    15, 3 and 2 are my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  • Douglas Firth

    The ideal characteristics of sustainable housing is to use materials available naturally in that part of the world. This should minimize costs for a self build. Aircrete seems to have highest potential for self build with options for modular design.

  • Lynne Clark

    You might want to have someone check the Closed Captioning.

  • Lynne Clark

    Sustainable Building is a must!

  • Tatiana Pirvu

    All the chosen houses were very interesting and responded to my interest and values! Very happy to find you and your video guys! Thank you very much for all those precious information together! For my personal needs and future I prefer the yin and yang one and the last one too. They both responded to the needs of our life and are very likely to happened soon but hey! I didn’t mention the first one and I thin number nine or eight! Bye the way your video sounds even the images are disrupted in the area of number nine, eight, seven and six I think. The comments are interrupt the sounds are like the radio tuner is looking for the right frequency and the images really jumps to the next thing. Anyway I enjoyed it! Keep up the creative mind and work!

  • Maria Dr Seelig

    Yin and yang house for sure. Love the garden.

  • Jiří Formánek

    Moc hezký spíš ty malý domky mějte se.

  • Donald Blevins

    Im finding only one annoying thing in these videos… please let the guy finish what he is saying before cutting him off to get to the next number. Im trying to enjoy the video and listen to everything but cant do that if you keep cutting off that guy mid sentence

  • Sarah Smithers

    ?? so many of them!

  • Sarah Smithers

    I think it is very much worth it. It has the potential to increase our quality of life and is aesthetically nice to look at. My favorites is probably the first one, #15.

  • witchy hour

    Has given it a like, until it accused me of trying to steal cable from my neighbors?? WTF? ?

  • Dale Kirkendall

    If you are a millionaire , but what if you want to retire and live on your social security? It depends on your local government and building department, they want big houses with big taxes for them. A man and his wife can build a small home the size of a double car garage, 400 to 600 sq. ft., if you can find a county that isn't corrupt.
    For under ten thousand dollars and do it in under 3 months.You can look at youtube and learn how to build it. I taught myself and built 6 houses by myself and it took me a year for each one, but they were big two story houses etc.


    Number 2 , good and best idea

  • Frederik Blom

    The best idea's for creating living spaces are coming from the mouth of Michael Reynolds. He created the concept of Earthships. We should work for generations to come with these things.

  • Pedro francisco Rodriguez

    I liked no. 13?

  • Engild Inc

    Cool concept but replace the narrator with a motivational personality. It became so mundane I stopped watching the video.

  • Karen Vickers

    Fantastic Homes, I love them!

  • Cat Cube

    i dont know what to do with 10.000.000 euro or 200.000 per year since i like when people make mistake

  • Edward Wolski

    A house,has to be build of rocks.

  • LangeLS Sing Praise

    The last one is cool!!! Because it's artsy.

  • Scorpio

    Yes, I do think sustainable design is worthwhile. I have developed such a design myself, which I hope to be able to build some day.

  • annacolleen wesson etters

    Only time will tell, if sustainable living is worth the time, effort and money put into it. We should have been far more careful in the past, using some of the materials we used. Asbestos comes to mind, as does carpet floor covering treated with formaldehyde.

  • IraQ Nid

    So a house that uses wood as a building material can now be called "built with sustainable materials"? Boy that is some spin 🙂

  • Karen Van Zant

    Nope, I do not think it is worth it. Goodluck finding buyers in the future as technolg upgrades and these structures become dated, not in a good way.

  • Bettina

    The future

  • king james

    a bubble home made of flawless one way mirrored glass

  • king james

    the last one scares me a lot. think of the moisture th at forms over the concrete and wood roof over a couple of years. The design screams building code violation and unsafe due to collapsing debris.

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  • victoria ogletree

    I really enjoy these videos. The ideas are outstanding! I see myself in #8 Axiom House. These prices are another factor that is attractive. Thanx

  • jivesublime

    I had to laugh at House number 1. The house that is it's own luck. You do not hang a horse there the house is shaped like a giant horse shoe.lol

  • chiefeagleeye

    WOW…!!! Some of these abodes are no less than impressive , i'm not greedy , i would like one of each thankyou. lol's. Watching this channel just makes me want every bloody thing they show. When " REACHER " says which one would you pick , leave your choice in the description below i think all jokes aside from my first paragraph , there are a couple i would choose but i have to say it wouldn't be as easy as just saying i'll have that one , & that one , but think of the pro's & con's of each choice. They say one of the biggest stresses , among others is buying a house. I concur. Some of the homes shown though were absolutely outstandingly gorgeous whether it be on the water , or be it on land. I'm quite sure there're are some of you out there in cyber-space that totally agree with that statement. Well i've said a little of what i wanted to say about this subject so i'm going back to watch more of this channel so i can continue to dream. lol's….. ✅❤️???

  • mark jazwinski

    770,000 square feet?

  • frank aird

    Very interesting ?✌️?

  • Gordon Sanders

    Sustainable in most case’s it seems doesn’t mean affordable does it.

  • John Barham

    Forrest gump voice

  • David Mcneil

    $33.000 for three segments of cardboard and plywood… mmmm bargain.. ??????

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  • onesoloving1

    Most of these homes smother and desecrate the earth. Buildings should be built on stilts so the land beneath the structure can sustain plant and animal life. These houses suck. All exceptionally ugly. But I still love this channel.

  • Randy S

    I'm from Netherlands an yes most coolest buildings come from there

  • Jenny Hughes

    The way forward is to make ALL these homes totally accessible to people with disabilities – I was shocked that the only adaptation I saw was a very long sloping entrance as an option for entering the last one = not ideal though. Why oh why don't architects & designers think of us when planning living accommodation, they really should – why isn't that in all building codes. But anyway most of us couldn't afford these homes nor the land to put them on, how sad. I'd so love to live in a sustainable home designed around my needs (I'm an artist with a brain injury and mobility difficulties) but I'm not rich so it'll never happen.

  • 64maxpower

    Why no caricature of Cassy?

  • Marcus Jordan

    Carbon positive???? I think that must be a typo lol..

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  • Panthera

    Houses not to invest into… Attracts nonsensical name for eco homes!

  • mike John

    Wild or off the wall creative design doesn't mean true energy efficiency or price. The world needs affordable housing for he common workers. In America the dream of home ownership for slightly above minimum wage is a tent on a city sidewalk.

  • earline jackson

    I can go tiny house, but I'm not going cardboard.

  • Bal Loney

    Number 1 deserves to be #1… b/c it is "AFFORDABLE".

  • Jamilla Ashley

    So a massive house with a 4-car garage is "sustainable" because it uses solar panels and some other green features?….. why would any family need that many cars? that's still unsustainable consumption

  • Lynn Durbin

    Nothing is practical, the cost of these dwellings or location of companies are out of reach.

  • zee zing

    Eco friendly home.. my ass , nothing but rich man toy. Good place to bring some gold digger for a good night f…..k.

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  • Ryan Welsch

    I retrofitted a 3500 Sq. Ft. home with Foam insulation, Geothermal heating and cooling, HRV, Stainless Steel roof, and an 18.6KW solar array, making this home a Net Zero Energy Building.

  • Семен Давыдов

    Everything at home is complete nonsense. Especially the latter, which was built by experts from 20 countries. To come up with a worm-like house is not a high mind; it is a bunch of rubbish. All houses are not durable especially in temperate and northern climates. and even more so, they can be built from more practical and durable materials, and their cost will be several times lower. But I wouldn’t get a single project out of the presented ones, not economically, not practical and not durable.

  • Darla Morris

    Most of these homes aren't usability. I'm a wheelchair person so they are beautiful but not something I could live in.

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  • anna 53

    This is what I call thinking outside of the box! I used to joke about living In a cardboard box, guess the jokes on me!

  • john howard

    #1 looks like it MIGHT just have been inspired by event that happened in Roswell N. M. ( if ya know wat I mean … just sayin

  • Travis Williamson

    The problem with all these wonderfully gorgeous homes is that they are meant to be sustainable, but they aren't affordable. All those specs: triple-pained windows, high efficiency insulation, thermal bridging, heat recovery systems, all wonderful; all come at a big cost. That means that the only people who can comfortably afford sustainability are well-off. Many people are not and so they buy, consume, live in what is cheap. Until there is a balance, there won't be sustainability.

  • Max Rash

    I think we should all go for theese homes

  • 41053082

    I feel sleepy after hearing his voice, good night!

  • Андрей Горячев

    в бытовках народ учат жить…


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