Design

Our house evolves over time, adapting to its users and their lifestyles, and in some sense gets better with age

 

Architecture

Our design approach of the Ecohabit House is an engineered system of building components with embedded intelligence at the core. The house’s open floor plan contains one fixed bedroom, bathroom and flex-room which acts as a second bedroom or study/office that is able to adapt to a family’s changing needs over time. Taking advantage of the house’s location in Southern California, the exterior wall system implements transparent operable panels which blur indoor-outdoor space, creating an extension of the living room and kitchen while also allowing for natural ventilation on days when the climate is ideal.

 

 

Engineering

Each subsystem of the Ecohabit House will anticipate changes to its environment and adapt accordingly. The design begins with a lightly packed, high efficiency, mechanical room housing all of the major mechanical and electrical systems that function as the “heart” of the home. The HVAC, plumbing, storage medium, and solar array all beat together as one unit. The house is split into dry and wet modules to minimize both plumbing and ductwork by focusing all water-using systems into a single module. These modules also easily break up into two fairly self-contained separate parts, creating an easy way to ship the house across the country and reassemble it quickly upon arrival.

 

 

Technology

The Ecohabit House uses innovative technology integrated seamlessly within the home,which is the epitome of our design philosophy at Stevens. The house adapts to its occupants, learning their daily routines and preferences over time as well as teaching its occupants how to live a more energy-efficient, sustainable lifestyle. The home’s intuitive user interface will also teach its occupants how all the systems in the house are working, from plumbing to HVAC to solar panels. Incorporated into the house are a number of systems that produce seamless integration of green technology into a surprisingly modern home. All systems will be incorporated into a main hub, acting as a mechanical and electrical ecosystem within the home and providing an optimum balance between comfort and energy efficiency.