Autonomous House B, semi-underground individual housing, Morocco - Green Solutions Awards 2019 Winner
Winner of the Low Carbon Prize and the Sustainable Construction Grand Prize in Morocco, Autonomous House B also won the Sustainable Construction Grand Prize at the international level!
This house is a good example of an autonomous building in a warm climate. As a semi-underground house, it benefits from the thermal inertia of soil surrounding it. The solar protection of the facade and the natural ventilation make the regulation of the sun’s thermal input possible according to the seasons and times of day, without any air conditioning or heating system.
Autonomy is both energetic and water-based. Electricity is obtained through solar panels, while water comes from recovery cisterns and is filtered for domestic and drinking use. Sewage water is treated using phyto-purification.
The clever use of local climate characteristics and resources is also visible in the choice of materials. Despite its contemporary architecture, this house is made up of a wooden structure filled with mud bricks.
The comfort of the occupants was sought through the modular layout of the house. The configuration and distribution of the rooms can thus be modified according to one’s desires or needs.
In regions where individual housing is popular, the autonomous house B represents an innovative alternative to limit the impact of this type of construction on the environment.
- Contractor: Oualid Belakbil
- Construction manager: Archibionic Myriam Soussan et Laurent Moulin architectes
- Manufacturers: Orienatelier Menuiseries bois; Menuiserie acier El Amri; Argilex