Does your home produce more energy than it consumes? This one does – the innovative Midori Uchi is one of Canada’s most eco-friendly houses, with three three different levels of green certification to prove it. A brainchild of Naikoon Contracting and Kerschbaumer Design and photographed by Ema Peter, this impressive Canadian home was named after its most prominent feature- its green capabilities. “Midori Uchi” is Japanese for “Green Home” – a simple concept, yet complex in its history and inspiring in its functionality.
Achieving the LEED Canada for Homes Platinum rating, R-2000 energy efficiency certification and Built Green Canada Platinum, this high-class high-economy residence features “net-zero designs and net-zero capabilities, state-of-the-art energy production and conservation abilities, grey water filtration system, subtle, natural Japanese inspired influences, and the only residential rammed earth wall in urban Metro Vancouver.” Located in North Vancouver, the ultra green home is one of the first in the Lower Mainland to receive these certifications, meaning there soon others will follow the green home design trend. The mayor of North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto, has uplifting words to describe the modern green home: “The City of North Vancouver is pleased to have this unique sustainable home in our community.The environmentally sensitive features of Midori Uchi’s design contribute to the City’s efforts to reduce our ecological impact.”
Bringing innovation to the residential Canadian landscape, this green home design was built by using locally sourced materials and will be an amazing home for its owners. Are you thinking of building an eco-friendly home too?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.