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|EcoHouse with "0"-energy level|
|EcoHouses with "0"-energy level built of natural materials|
|After having constructed the first in CIS straw bales building, BD IAE decided to develop the design of fully autonomic available for a middle class ecohouses with natural materials and to construct the demo EcoHouse in Minsk in 1998.|
The design has been developed with participance of Minskgrazhdanproekt and includes:
wooden 2-level frame filled with straw bales, hothouse -- winter garden,
artificial lake for conserving rain water and increasing solar insolation during spring -- autumn time,
South looking roof -- heat collector and ground heat accumulator under the house,
forced ventilation system with heat recuperation and channel in the ground,
as well as closed permacultural household-domestic sewage and wastes utilisation system at the adjoining the house plot for increasing its crop capacity.
The cost of 1 m2 of living space is about $150, that is 3-4 times lower than of traditional dwelling, and energy costs for heating are close to zero (the existing dwelling even the new one has a consumption of 200-400 KWh/m2 per year). Equipping the EcoHouse with photo-electric panels makes it fully independent upon outside communications.
220002, Belarus, Minsk, 81 Varvasheny St., Office 507;
Phone/Fax: +375-172-83 25 11;
Fax: +375-172-34 97 83;
Belarusian Division of International Academy of Ecology