The Kalu Yala Blog
October 7, 2010by Amy Keefe
Posted In: Designing the Village
As an intern for Kalu Yala, all of this talk about sustainability has really sparked my curiosity about “green” living. After scanning the Internet for examples of sustainable architecture, I realized that my preconceived image of the typical eco-friendly dwelling as a modern yet rustic tree house was a bit unrealistic. In actualization, I discovered that there is not a definitive style of sustainable residences rather, a diverse array of environmentally conscious design techniques. Included are three unique houses ranging from a luxury island getaway, to an all-natural Asheville abode, to a European townhouse.
#1 The Kona Residence: Hawaii Belzberg Architects designed this luxury home on the big island of Hawaii to be a green masterpiece. Constructed from reclaimed teak wood, this dwelling runs off of solar power and rainwater collection systems. For further information on The Kona Residence click here. 
#2 The Push House, First Hemp House in the United States: Asheville, NC Designer/builder, Anthony Brenner, utilized hemcrete (based on industrial hemp) to fulfill his vision of creating a chemical free, non-toxic living space with a negative carbon footprint. Also, in place of drywall, the interior walls are made from Purepanel, a material composed of recycled paper. To learn more about The Push House, click here . 
#3 The Energy Neutral House 2.0: Iiburg, The Netherlands The Dutch firm, FARO Architecten, designed this incredible net zero urban townhouse featuring a rooftop wind turbine and a photovoltaic system. A large indoor tree is not only a decorative element, but also a support system, making it both functional and aesthetic. To read more, click here. 
All of these homes are examples of the truly diverse nature of “green” architecture. Here at Kalu Yala, we want to take this eco-conscious approach to homebuilding and combine it with considerations of social, financial, operational, agricultural, and natural resource factors. We feel that this whole systems approach to sustainability is the right way to go about our mission – designing the world’s most sustainable village.
images courtesy of contemporist.com, pushhouse.blogspot.com, inhabitat.com