• Ana Castañeda

The Latest Eco-Friendly And Sustainable Greenhouse Home Project Of 2022

Updated: Mar 31

An answer to Household Food Waste and Pollution!

It’s easy to forget how red the numbers can get, and how we ourselves have plenty to do with it. Over 15% of the global food production goes to waste every year and over 10% of that waste comes from regular households, i.e. you and me. Now, we could stand by, watch and do nothing, watching pollution levels and resource shortages rise to unprecedented levels, or we could do something about it. Ways are many, but for now, let’s just focus on the household bit, and what better way to go about it than by analyzing a new and improved approach to eco-friendly architecture, the latest in sustainable home design thought out and implemented by Joost Bakker.

Heavily accolated Australian designer, and activist, Joost Bakker, recognized the glaring issues of yearly food waste and, took it on himself to take the next first step in a steady path of conscious architecture and design, and to do so he went with the project he coined, quite fittingly, as “The Greenhouse”

The General Layout of the Greenhouse Home Project

The name doesn’t get any more self-explanatory than that: 87 square meters of a home built entirely on organic material and ran on renewable solar energy. Now, that’s just the specs we’re talking, about because not only is it a 100% eco-friendly shelter, but the project also implemented several other self-sustaining measures, which make the home an interdependent, enclosed ecosystem of sorts. From a built-in garden for self-sustaining consumption, packing a hydroponic system that allows for the cultivation of vegetables and small communities of edible shellfish, to a biodigester that turns kitchen waste into methane, all of these elements together combine to create a zero-waste generating, self-sustaining living environment.

Of course, that’s all good to hear, but how does the greenhouse work, exactly? What’s the nitty-gritty of the innovative technologies at play that makes it green and actual functional living space, namely the waste management bit? Let’s find out!

The Waste Management of the Greenhouse Home Project Explained

The major hurdle of a sustainable home is, without a doubt, handling waste production; as such, the project implemented an expertly designed pump for its plumbing setup, the backbone of the operation: the Sanicubic 1. With its impressive specs: a 1500 watt motor with a high flow rate performance, inner stainless steel blades, and a top of the line waterproof rating, this marvel of modern engineering picks up the waste from all main points of the building, grinds it, and then proceeds to discharge it, liquefied, to an onsite passive, biological waste treatment system.

Not only that, the Sanicubic 1 is as practical as it is revolutionary. With its overall flexibility, allowing it to fit in almost any space without disrupting the layout of the house, its removable motor, which can handle a range going from 35 to upwards of 70 Celsius temperatures, and a fail-safe alarm in the case of an overload or overworking of the motor, the waste disposer is as efficient as it is positively impactful of the environment

To say that this single device brought Joost Bakker’s vision to life would be quite an understatement. This beneficial application of plumbing proved to the world of architecture that exploring the horizons of sustainable living spaces is far more than a fad, but a necessity, and one that is just beginning to develop. As time goes on, the field will be held back less and less in the matters of technological limitations when it comes to achieving its visions, a clear sign that we may as well make the most out of it, and keep on moving forward.

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