Total living space: 1568 s.f.
Some have it that in the future our resources will run so
scarce that water will become the most valuable commodity on the planet.
Earth, on the other hand, is still one of the most abundant materials
on the planet. Thus, water collection, treatment and conservation, together
with the fine insulating properties of earth, provide the principles on
which the Earth-Sheltered Atrium design is founded. Earth-sheltered buildings
protect against extreme temperature variations, storms, earthquakes, noise,
Due to the oval shape of the inner atrium (the courtyard),
the living room, the kitchen and dining and the bedrooms all face maximum
sunlight, sometimes from the south, at other times from the east and the
west; this allows passive solar heating for these spaces. The house would
be ideally located in valleys and plains, and the excavated earth could
easily be used to top the building. The windows oriented towards the sun
attract maximum solar radiation during the cold season, but are also provided
with external reflecting surfaces rigid insulating boards that are operated
manually, which means that you can regulate the amount of sun needed throughout
the day/year yourself, or shut them completely in the night to store the
solar heat collected during the day, thus acting like shutters.
An atrium pond has been designed as a Zen Garden, but can
be of any other design to meet your requirements. The atrium pond helps
refresh the air but additionally accumulates solar heat for the building.
Masonry walls and foundations are made of recycled concrete
blocks with recycled paper fillings. Recycled glass is used or floor insulation,
as well. An insulating entry air lock has been provided, together with
sliding doors with tempered, insulated glass. All windows are sliding,
double-glazed, with the possibilities of the beadwall system inclusion.
Water-saving toilets and other water-saving sanitary equipment has been
used throughout the project.
at the top is the living room with a special windcatch feature, then proceeding
clockwise around the atrium is the kitchen and dining room. The first
bathroom is accessable from the corridor on the east side of the building.
Next is one of three bedrooms, also accessable from this same corridor.
An entryway into the corridor as well as a foyer into the atrium is accessable
from the garage, as is the utility room. The master bedroom is at the
end of the corridor on the west side of the building, and is also accessable
from the atrium. The master bathroom opens into the end of that same corridor.
A laundry space and third bedroom are accessable from the west corridor,
nearer the living room. The central atrium provides an open courtyard/Zen
garden, which is accessable from the living room, two of the bedrooms,
the utility room and the foyer.
Building this EcoHouse would
provide you with increased green areas on both building axes. The entire
roof area can be used for planting vegetables or making a roof garden,
thereby providing an independent food source for the occupants. 1) Upper
greenery 2) Front and side greenery (e.g. creepers) 3) Front yard greenery
4) Heat sink greenery 5) Indoor greenery.
water can easily be utilized in this EcoHouse design
to reduce the domestic water consumption expenses. Being
earth-sheltered, the water tank is protected from extremely
low or high temperatures. The earth falls around the tank
are profiled in such a way as to funnel the rainwater into the
The collected water is then thoroughly treated for domestic consumption
using the state-of-the-art StormTreat System produced by StormTreat
Systems, Inc. Rainwater is treated by 100% biological means and is 100%
safe for domestic use.
The pond is envisaged to provide an additional home-made food source for
the household: it is used for breeding algae, crayfish, and catfish. The
softwater algae feed on crayfish excrement. The catfish eat the algae, and
of the house, in turn, may eat the crayfish. Please bear in mind, that if
you are a vegetarian, or would not readily support such a food chain under
your own roof, you can always use the pond as an internal fountain, or an
insulated vertical wind shaft, ending in a skylight, provides natural
cross-ventilation and lighting of the living room and the bedroom above.
1) Sunlight reflected into the building in the morning/afternoon or the
winter season 2) Protection against excessive sunlight
The windcatches provided for natural cross-ventilation are provided with
skylights to serve as additional natural lighting sources. The skylights
should be directed to face your prevailing winds and/or natural light
sources. They are designed with an inner reflecting surface attached to
to an insulating board. The former reflects sunlight into the home, the
latter prevents heat losses from inside to the outside.
exhaust and foul indoor air has been used to heat the cool outdoor air
entering your EcoHouse. The ceiling runs the length from northern to southern
wall respectively, so that the rising, hot indoor air heats up the incoming
cool/cold air, using the principles of convection.1) Lower insulated ceiling
surface 2) Metal divider 3) Southern wall of the EcoHouse 4) Northern
wall of the EcoHouse 5) Upper insulated ceiling surface.
windows oriented towards the sun attract maximum solar radiation during
the cold season, but are also provided with external reflecting surfaces
and rigid insulating boards that are operated manually. You can regulate
the amount of sun needed throughout the day/year and close the shutters
completely at night to store the solar heat collected during the day. 1)
Reflecting position 2) Shading device position 3) Precipice protection position.
For more details and specifications for this plan see this PDF file
When building a new home,
you will need working drawings which provide hundreds of additional details.
You can save time and money by purchasing these eco-home building plans,
professionally designed and produced in English language to meet ISO and
BS recognized building standards. Best of all, you will only pay a fraction
of the original design cost because the design cost is shared by so many
people all over the globe.
Working Drawings include:
* Site Plan:
Shows the proposed site layout of your eco-house and the corresponding
* Foundation Plan:
Show foundations with all load-bearing points and footings applicable
to your eco-home.
* Floor Plan(s):
Show the placement and dimensions of all interior walls in your eco-house
floor plans, materials, levels, specifications, etc.
* Roof Plan:
Show roofs with all constructional elements, specifics and dimensions
applicable to your eco-home.
Cross-sectional views of your entire eco-house, with materials, marked
details, sectional labeling, dimensions, levels, roof pitches, etc.
* Joinery details:
Shows additional details and dimensions of elaborate ecological window
and door designs within your eco-home building plans.
* Rainwater treatment
*Internal finishes details
*Specifications of Eco-building materials and products
*Stand Alone Wind-energy Electrical Supply Schematics
orders for plans you can choose between downloading your purchased plans
from the Internet, and/or ordering plans printed in black and white on
ISO A3 recycled, acid-free paper, containing a minimum of 50% recycled
de-inked fiber paper, register airmailed to your
postal address. By expressing preference for the printed version of the
purchased design, and including an extra-charge to cover the plotting
and shipment expenses, you could not only have the CAD Working Drawings
that you could modify to meet your requirements of your energy-efficient
dreamhouse, but the printed version of the original, as well! The facility
of black and white print on A3 format means that you can literally photocopy
your EcoHouse plans to as many copies as required by your local building
rules and regulations. Likewise, the structural calculations, the materials
lists and the specifications, are all printed on Letter and A4 paper formats
respectively, which further facilitates reproduction for your needs. Included
with the printed plans is a business-card CD comprising the house plans
in CAD and PDF format.
For ordering the CAD files
only, once you have placed your order and your payment has been processed
and approved, an email with your Internet download address is sent automatically
to your registered email address. Each download address can be used once,
and once only. Should you encounter any difficulties or inconvenience
with the download, please contact us immediately.
| CAD DXF files
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Aided Design) software. The most common type of CAD files are the DXF files,
which can be opened by various brands of CAD software. The DXF files downloadable
for our designs give you all the features you would get from the blueprints
for the same eco-house, and still have all the important details you need
to build an eco-home. There are also software utilities available that let
you convert a CAD file from one format to another. If you need a different
file format we can sometimes provide other file formats. If you have a question
about what version the CAD file will be, then please ask about this before
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