Designing for Centuries of Eco Luxury
Eco luxury. The term seems contradictory. But sustainable architectural design is about not wasting your resources on a home designed to be thrown away. Alpine 2002 is designed with longevity and permanence in mind, to build a home that will be enjoyed for each of the next 250 years.
At 5,160 square feet and $3.5 million, it is not for everybody. But for the few, for the next few centuries, here’s how to design a home that pampers with the real luxury of permanent comfort.
The 9 KW solar system creates an abundance of energy. This is one system that will possibly need replacing, but not for a half-century, at least. (We don’t yet know how long solar systems will keep producing power, because the first ones built in the 1970s have not given out yet).
Supposedly this home uses 18% of the average home’s energy, but since the average home only needs a 5 KW system to produce all of its electricity, and this one produces only 82% of its energy with this solar, it is not all that green.
But the 9 KW solar system is producing all but 18% of what this home needs, including running an elevator up from the garage – that’s better than running all that from the grid, as most luxury homes do.
I don’t know why we accept temporary building technology. Maybe we don’t believe there is much of a future, with climate change. But we need to think as if we and our descendants will be around for a bit.
Source: Alpine 2002