House B autonomous

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  • Building Type : Isolated or semi-detached house
  • Construction Year : 2018
  • Delivery year : 2018
  • Address 1 - street : Douar Cheraqui 27182 BOUSKOURA, Maroc
  • Climate zone : [Csa] Interior Mediterranean - Mild with dry, hot summer.

  • Net Floor Area : 220 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 230 000 €
  • Number of Dwelling : 1 Dwelling
  • Cost/m2 : 1045.45 €/m2
  • Primary energy need
    1 kWhep/
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

House B autonomous won the Sustainable Construction Grand Prize of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards at the Maroco level + the international Sustainable Construction Grand Prize.

This house has been conceived as a true bioclimatic greenhouse , offering a south facade in double glazing , free to hide thanks to a system of shutters whose positions are managed by jacks. The north facade is completely buried in a mound planted . The house was built with a wooden structure and filled with mud bricks . All in total autonomy : photovoltaic electricity, recovery of rainwater in a buried tank and filtration for domestic and drinking water, treatment in phytopurification for all dirty water. The modular layout of spaces and furniture in the entire house, allows many combinations and adapts to the seasons and the number of occupants. Thus, the living space during the winter is reduced to maintain thermal comfort ; during the summer the house opens and frees up space. All the components of the house have been designed and manufactured on site (windows, kitchen, handles, furniture ... etc.) The different living areas of the house are not assigned to a single function, it is the user who will define it, according to his desires of the moment, by moving the furniture on wheels, by sliding walls, leaving appearing "hidden" furniture ...

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Photo credit



    Oualid Belakbil

    Oualid Belakbil - Tel :+212 6 00 65 60 46

Construction Manager



    Orienatelier Menuiseries bois

    Mohamed Marjane - Tel : +212 6 68 45 71 59

    All the realization of woodwork and wood furniture


    Menuiserie acier El Amri

    Mohamed El Amri - Tel : +212 6 51 33 45 04

    All the realization of steel joinery and opening systems



    Oussama Moumkir - Tel : +212 6 20 00 00 61

    The realization of the structural work and coated finishes

Owner approach of sustainability

We have always been particularly aware of the overconsumption in which we were evolving, and in which we ultimately participated. But, taken by our urban daily life away from these considerations, we were totally inactive. When we decided to build this house, our primary concern was not ecological. It was mainly about creating an exceptional place, a bubble of serenity that would allow us to escape the chaos of our daily Casablancais. It seemed obvious then that this house would finally be the opportunity for us to assume our environmental responsibility and to reduce, on our scale, our footprint on the environment.

The idea was then to prove to ourselves but also to serve as proof that aesthetics, design and quality of life were not exclusive of environmental responsibility.

It was after our meeting with Myriam and Laurent, at home in Felfla, that we understood that we could push this idea even further. They made us taste energy autonomy, we were seduced.

Architectural description

The house wants to be stealthy and integrated into its environment. The entry of the house is located north facade, a breakthrough in a mound planted ... At first we do not guess the house, we must cross to see it appear south facade as a discreet object that came to ask gently without impact on the ground. We discover a multifunctional removable facade constantly changing over the days and seasons. These large shutters, according to their deployment, serve at the same time insulators and sun breeze, they extend the terrace and offer integrated seats and blinds. Site Implementation Strategy and Materials:

-House oriented North / South, talute on its facades North, East and West, to increase the global inertia.-Bearing walls in adobe, the ground being taken on the ground.-Structure and chaining in fir tree: balance compensated by the trees planted on the site.-Wood exterior cladding, to protect the raw earth.-Finishing lime plastered fine, without adding paint.-Large greenhouse on south facing wall accumulator contiguous to living spaces.-Removable facade multifunctional.-Reduction / expansion of spaces during extreme weather events (extreme cold or heatwave).

If you had to do it again?

Since the first autonomous housing in Medina Rabat, inaugurated in 2013, we do not offer more than that to our customers, the results are beyond our expectations and we are convinced that these systems are viable and should be generalized to any construction.

Building users opinion

Today, more than a year after our installation, we are still very (pleasantly) surprised to find that we live quite "normally" and our daily needs are fully covered by the energy that the house produces.

From a thermal point of view, at no time, we felt the need to install an air conditioning, the rooms are at all times of the year very pleasant (cool in summer and temperate in winter) and the fireplace is very efficient in winter. The temperature difference with houses in conventional construction at the same time is noticeable.

Energy consumption

  • 1,00 kWhep/
  • 50,00 kWhep/
  • Other

  • lighting, appliances, pumps and electric cylinders

Envelope performance

    The house is semi buried, butte planted to the north, and entirely built of mud bricks.
    The roof is isolated with cork from Morocco.

    EN 13829 - n50 » (en 1/h-1)

Real final energy consumption

    2 018


    • Others
    • No heating system
    • Solar Thermal
    • No cooling system
    • Natural ventilation
    • Solar photovoltaic
    • Solar Thermal
  • 100,00 %
  • -Polar generators, 220v regulator, 8 batteries

    Houses oriented North / South and talute, greenhouse south facade, double glazing, appliances very energy-efficient

GHG emissions

  • Clean site, use of local materials without GHG

Life Cycle Analysis

    Wood structure / Adobe walls Earth / Lime coatings Morocco cork insulation

Water management

  • 60,00 m3
  • 60,00 m3
  • It is raining 401mm / m² / year in Bouskoura.
    The 230 m² of roof can recover 100m3 of rainwater, the buried tank located under the kitchen is 50m3 with coating for a coating of raw cement for the mineralization of rainwater.
    Ultra filtration and UV lamp are installed for water purification.
    Wastewater is treated by phyto-purification and is used for watering the vegetable garden.

Indoor Air quality

    -Natural Ventilation-Indoor Garden-Natural Materials.-Natural Coatings


    All spaces benefit from natural light, through sliding glass panels, glass roofs, skylights ... All these openings include concealable panels or baffles, to be oriented according to the entry of light desired according to the day and seasons, thus ensuring circulation and renewal of the air.

    Buried house and earthen walls allow a good absorption of the sounds and a very good acoustic comfort.


    Multifunctional shutters


    Archibionic - [email protected]

    Finishing work / Exterior joinery - Doors and Windows

    This principle makes it possible to manage the light inputs as it sees fit, and thus to control the interior temperatures of the house. not only is it a facade element but it also extends the veranda, serves as a sunshade, insulation, cushion range ... when they are inclined, they also serve as seating in chaise lounge mode.

    More than just a part, this innovation is an integral part of the overall concept of the house and was immediately accepted. The execution by the various carpenters was carried out without problems. The only difficulty was rather electric in the choice of cylinders and their installation ...

    Glass opening system / baffle


    Archibionic - [email protected]

    Finishing work / Millwork - Hardware

    This principle has been entirely manufactured locally, a disk brake can manage and the canopy and the deflector.

    The steel carpenter discovered the detail with curiosity, immediately understood and executed it perfectly.

    Double combustion high efficiency suspended stove

    Menuiserie El Amri et Pil'Poêle

    HVAC, électricité / heating, hot water

    The idea was to integrate a stove machined in a box and also to cover its duct, in order to suspend it and allow a double combustion and a high efficiency.

    Installed without difficulty

Construction and exploitation costs

  • 9 000,00
  • 28 000
  • 230 000

Urban environment

This house is located in a rural area.

Land plot area

40 000,00 m2

Built-up area

2,00 %

Green space

3 900,00

Building Environmental Quality

  • Building flexibility
  • indoor air quality and health
  • biodiversity
  • works (including waste management)
  • acoustics
  • comfort (visual, olfactive, thermal)
  • waste management (related to activity)
  • water management
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energies
  • building end of life management
  • integration in the land
  • mobility
  • building process
  • products and materials

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

Cette maison a été conçue comme une vraie serre bioclimatique, offrant une façade sud en double vitrage, occultable librement grâce à un système de volets dont les positionnements sont gérés par des vérins. La façade nord est complètement enterrée dans une butte plantée. Des puits de lumière avec déflecteur sont présents dans les chambres. La toiture est isolée avec du liège et la ventilation se fait naturellement assurant le confort thermique.
Cette maison se compose d'une structure bois et de murs en briques de terre crue façonnées sur place, les enduits sont en chaux/sable et tous les éléments ont été fabriqués au Maroc (fenêtres, volets, systèmes d'ouvertures, cuisine), le but étant d'utiliser un minimum d'objet usinés et importés, en privilégiant le local.

Building candidate in the category

Energy & Hot Climates

Energy & Hot Climates

Low Carbon

Low Carbon

Users' Choice

Users' Choice

Green Solutions Awards 2019 - Buildings

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