The Houl: a Net-Zero Carbon Long-House

Turning a heap of waste into something beautiful and useful is clearly visible in the new furniture collection by Steve Kenn “The Inheritance.” The Inheritance is a classic example of fine craftsmanship and innovativeness. They are sourced and made locally in Los Angeles using (washed and softened) US military half shelters as upholstery.

Steve and his wife create steel-welded frames that are rusted and coated with a clear varnish to give them a marbled brown appearance. Once the frames are finished, they have custom-sized leather and webbing belts made, which are exact replicas of a WWII-era Swiss mule belt. The belts are adjustable, so you can keep the sofa’s shape firm as it ages.

Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction. It reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce  incineration which in turn reduces the need for “conventional” waste disposal as compared to virgin production and the another major example has been set by the Simon Winstanley Architects located in the hub of Scotland. They have designed The Houl — a net-zero carbon home a marvel example of THE ECODESIGN by using the simplest principle of energy conservation we study at high school level “THE BLANKET or THE GREEN HOUSE THEORY”. This contemporary, single-story long-house has been carefully set back into the landscape and constructed sustainably to create a living space with a very low level of energy consumption. Passively designed to make the most out of the day's sun, the three-bedroom home also has super-high insulation levels that meet Passive House standards.