This house does not have any environmental footprint. An ideal micro-climate is provided both in summer and in winter, without any traditional heating or cooling system. An efficient involucre takes advantage of all the possible natural contributions optimizing the capacity of solar irradiation to heat up, shadow to cool down, deep-soil/air temperature delta for both purpose, and including as well solar and photo-voltaic systems, controlled natural ventilation and rainwater phytodepuration cycle. The ‘Zero-Footprint House’ is an A+ energetic efficiency certified building: substantial economic advantages for the owner are associated to the almost complete elimination of any environmental impact and to dramatic enhancement of its interior comfort standards. The final result is also a relevant increase of the building value in the real estate market.
A design by: AUS Pasini Ranieri, 2011