This blog documents the building of a low impact (eco-friendly) house in Shiga, Japan. This involves designing and building a house in a way that minimises the amount of embedded energy (resources) used in building, and then heating, cooling and maintaining the building once it is finished.
Local and/or recycled wood
Grey-water recycling and rainwater capture (harvesting)
Solar water heater
Air-source heat pump
Materials: recycled, non-hazardous, or otherwise low impact alternatives
Highest performance floor, wall, and roof insulation
Green (living) roof
Updates on the project are included in this blog and photo galleries of each phase of the project.