You'll want to take a closer look at this unique tiny house design with a living roof. The tiny house incorporates Biophilic design which is a term that refers to the connection between your built environment and the living world around you. It speaks to your innate love of nature, the biosphere, and your connection with living systems. This tiny house design has been designed to incorporate elements of biophilic design and natural building to construct a home that is beautiful, natural, and healthy to live in, proving that a tiny house can truly be capable of having a big positive impact.
Regenerative architectural design can have a positive impact on the world around you. It is also believed that good architectural design can help solve many of the world's problems and that through regenerative architecture, biophilic design, and biomimicry, living structures can be created that is not only healthy for humans and help to improve lives, but also improve and enhance the living world. It’s exciting to see this tiny house, which incorporates so many of these ideas.
You'll want to take a look at the video tour which has the Walker, the tiny house owner mentioning that the Living Building Challenge was a guiding principle for the tiny home’s construction. The living building challenge suggests that a building should function like a flower, rooted in its place. It should restore a healthy relationship with nature, collect and treat water, be net energy positive relying on solar income, foster a healthy human environment both mentally and physically, safe use building materials, support a just equitable world, and also be beautiful and uplifting to the human spirit.
While these principles might seem ambitious, they are wonderful guidelines for us to aspire to, and it’s exciting to see so many of these ideas executed in this tiny house, from the use of salvaged materials, to natural building elements such as the living roof. A living roof is an especially ambitious element to include in a tiny house on wheels, and while it’s just been planted, it seems to be a successful experiment so far. It will be really interesting to revisit this home in the future and see how this feature turns out in the long term.
A living roof has many benefits when it comes to tiny house design. A living roof provides a rainwater buffer, regulates the indoor temperature, purifies the air, reduces the ambient temperature, saves energy, and encourages biodiversity in the city. The roofs are part of climate-proof construction. A living roof absorbs rainwater by the water buffering in the plants, substrate, and drainage layer. This delays the discharge of rainwater to the sewage system purifies the rainwater, and water also evaporates through the plants. This helps to stabilize the groundwater level, reduce the peak load on the sewage system and reduce the risk of flooding. The plants in a living roof filter particulate matter from the air and convert CO2 into oxygen. With a living roof, you are contributing to air purification.
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