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HouseZero: Harvard’s wooden prototype for ultra efficient architecture

Energy-free heating and refrigeration, natural lighting and ventilation, energy-positive, and zero carbon emissions.

Adapting a house built in 1924 into a laboratory is not easy. Transforming it into a concept that demonstrates how existing structures can be modified to be more efficient and consume less energy is ambitious, but not impossible. That is HouseZero, the energy-positive prototype by Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC), a living laboratory that serves as the organization’s headquarters and center of investigation, designed by Norwegian firm Shøhetta in collaboration with engineers Skanska Teknikk Norway.

Storeys of wood to reduce carbon emissions

HouseZero consists of three storeys of wood and is constructed with a framework of the same material, which directly contributes to the reduction of carbon emissions due to its characteristics and cleanliness at the moment of construction. It also has cedar cladding and a pitched roof, and has applied technologies that position it as one of today’s most ambitious projects whose objective is to design environmentally friendly houses. There is no doubt that HouseZero has arrived to change the construction industry, as a living experiment that seeks to demonstrate the efficiency of its materials through an innovative infrastructure, investigating sustainable buildings with the goal of diminishing the impact of climate change and reducing the carbon footprint, and with wood as its main ally.

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