After watching the video on Rural Studio in class, I searched the internet for more unconventional ways to save energy in your household. In my search, I came across an architect named Robert Nebolon that designed “The Upside Down House” for his sister and her family. While the home uses alternative energy such as a natural gas fueled hybrid hydronic system for heat and hot water and a solar-powered photovoltaic system, Nebolon also incorporated some strange techniques when designing the actual layout of the house to conserve cool air.
Unlike most homes, the house has the bedrooms on the main floor and the kitchen and living areas upstairs. This ensures that since heat rises, the bedrooms will stay cool at night. The upstairs also contains a skylight which sucks the warm air out through a vent. The house is built out of sustainable materials such as foil coated plywood, recycled teak cabinets, and floors made out of sustainably harvested hardwoods. Every placement of doors, windows and rooms is carefully placed within the house to ensure cool air is saved.