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All the people, who live in a good green community, will naturally require that their homes have the following 8 features:

This picture shows our homes

without much detail.

 

1)         These homes should have all the space and facilities that most modern people have come to expect.

2)         These homes should be reasonably compact so that the people’s access to their public transport can be very close.

3)         These homes should not be too expensive to build and maintain.

4)         These homes should be relatively simple so that the members of community can build these homes themselves.

5)         These homes must be adaptable so that they can give the different sized accommodation that single people and different sized families will require.

6)         These homes must not require too much energy to maintain at a comfortable internal temperature.

7)         The roofs of these homes must be easy to use to collect the energy this community will require.

8)         These homes must have all the normal services, which modern people now expect (electricity, water, sewerage, communications).

 

 

With the help of the pictures on the right, I will now go through these 8 points above again and explain how all the requirements, that you should need, will be attained by the terrace housing I am showing.

 

 

 

 

1)         Space and Facilities

This picture showns the facilitites in the top and

bottom single units. You can see that each unit has

everything that a person could want.

 

In the pictures you will see that each level of each house has a complete single unit on each side. And each unit contains all the facilities that a modern person would require to live quite happily. So there are either 4 or 6 units per house depending on whether there are 2 or 3 levels for the house.
            In our hamlets I am expecting there will be 20 such houses in a street 100 m long (10 houses on each side). So if half the houses were 2-levels and the other half 3-levels, then there would be 100 single person units in the community. And there would also be 30 extra bedrooms on the higher levels of the houses. So this would be plenty of space for a community of 100 people.
            But many “green” people, like myself, would not require as much space as this. I, for example, would prefer to share a unit with another person. And many “green” people would be the same as me. So this system gives ample of spare space for everyone. Also, if we wanted to have visitors then we would have plenty of spare units and bedrooms for them to use.
            So this housing system can provide all space and facilities we could possibly require for our homes.

This picture shows how close each home will be to

the village centre and frequent public transport.

 

2)         Compact and so we will all have good access to Public Transport

 

As described in my point 1), our row of compact houses will only be 100m long. So, if you study this village picture, you will see it is only on average 150m to the village centre with regular transport to the local town or city. (And from here with my own transport system, all people could get to the essential large town facilities in about 10 minutes.)
            So the compact nature of this housing system means that public transportation will be very fast indeed.

 

 

3)         Not be too expensive to build and maintain

 

You should be able to see that these houses should not be too expensive, because they are very simple and have no fancy features. When I did the detailed expense calculations in 2006, the cost per unit was about $50,000. These calculations are shown in detail in my Green Living book (which you can download from my website).
            So this housing should not be too expensive.

 

This picture shows how easy it is to form

larger units for bigger families.

 

4)         Simple Homes to Build

Again this simplicity of design makes these houses easy to build by our community members. So, because the width of all the rooms is 3 m, then all the cross beams supporting the floors above can be of the same length. And most of the other features are copied in the same way.
            So our community members should be able to build these houses quite easily.

 

5)         Differing Accommodation Sizes

 

The really important feature of this form is that all the required larger units can be created by simply locking some particular doors.

Clearly there are an abundance of 1-bedroom units.
Then:

            2-bedroom units can be obtained by attaching the middle bedroom (on the higher floors) to one of the side units (by locking the other door in the cross passage way).
            3-bedroom units can be obtained by a family having the whole of an upper floor.
            4-bedroom houses are obtained by a family having the sole use of the stair-well of a 2-level terrace.
            5-bedroom houses are obtained by a large family having the whole of a 2-level terrace.
            So all the differing required units can be obtained very easily indeed.

 

6)         Our Homes will not require too much Energy to give a Comfortable Temperature

Unfortunately, this calculation is quite complex. I give all the full details in my Green Living book. But again the compact nature of this terrace housing system means that this problem is much easier to solve than for individual houses.
            Firstly, all outside walls need to be covered with about 5cm of Styrofoam (and this foam will need to be covered to make it look more aesthetically acceptable).
            Then the system of keeping our homes at a comfortable temperature uses the different night and day temperatures.
            In summer, we use the lower night temperatures. So at night, we open our front and back windows so that a cool breeze goes through each unit (helped by fans if necessary) cooling the walls of our units (which need to be made of materials with good “thermal capacity”). Then during the day, we close our widows to retain the cool night air in our units.
            In winter, we do the reverse. So we open our windows during the day and let the hotter warm our units. And we close our insulated shutters during the night and so we retain the warm air.
            The total system of course is more complex than this. But the full details of this system are given in my Green Living book.

 

This picture shows our roofs with their PV panels etc.

 

7)         Our roofs will be used to catch the maximum amount of Sunlight

 

The roof of each terrace house will be a well-used facility (as opposed to what happens in the current world).
            Thus each stair-well will continue on to the roof, so access to the roof will be very simple indeed. Then this roof area is mainly used for PV panels. But there is room for drying clothes and for people relaxing in the sun as well.

Because it is very expensive to store electrical energy, it is important to use the PV panels in such a way that the house can catch sunlight whenever possible. In this case, I am assuming that the top of the diagram is North, and we are in Australia where most sunlight comes from the North.
            So most of the top panels are fixed to face North and so they will catch more sunlight.
Then, on the sides, single lines of fixed panels will face East and West to catch the morning and evening sunlight.

Then the bottom panels are adjustable. Normally these panels would just face North like the top panels. But, when the community is low on electrical power, then these panels can be turned around and adjusted to catch the maximum amount of sunlight.

So this community would be very efficient in catching the maximum amount of power from the sun.

 

This picture shows the trap-door that leads the underground

passage-way that carries all the services.

 

8)         How We Provide the Normal Services

 

The facilities we normally expect are: electricity, water, sewerage, communications. But in a green community it is convenient to have more services than these because this will save energy and water.  But this full subject is too big to cover here and it is covered in depth in my Green Living book (starting at page 89).


Here I will just point out the vertical ducts and the bottom passage-way below where all these services must go. In the bottom passage-way as well, there are all our measuring meters which show how much each person has used of the various facilities. In the current world these ducts are hidden away and no ones usually knows where they are. But, in a self-sufficient community, everyone must know where every service is and how these services can be altered. But I can’t go through most of the details here. There are covered in my Green Living book.
            In the diagrams, the vertical ducts, which go through every unit via the toilet, are shown in red. They go from the roof down through all the units to a passage-way beneath all the houses. (In the larger communities these bottom passage-ways will continue on to the village centre and then to the underground transport system. They will be very important should an emergency arise.)
            There are many more details, which I could mention. But you can see more details in the accompanying diagrams.

 

So it is possible that all our community members can enjoy very comfortable accommodation in our rows of terrace houses. Our community members will easily be able to build these houses themselves. These houses will require very little energy to maintain and their compact nature means our community members can use a simple public transport system to get anywhere they need to go to. So this whole living system can become very “green” indeed.

 

          You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or "Green Living" (which introduces this major set of webpages),

or "Forming Green Communities", (which introduces this set of webpages).

 

My next normal webpage is: "Green House-Unit Communities".

 

Updated on 14/11/2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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