In addition to being sustainable, the project aims to question the costs of housing in large cities.
NexusHaus is a sustainable home designed by students at the University of Munich in partnership with students from the University of Texas. The idea behind the project goes beyond using efficient systems, young people want to use the idea to also question the costs of housing in large cities, showing that it is possible to build in a sustainable way with affordable values.
The prototype, developed for an international competition, was made with sustainable materials and efficient systems for energy production and water use. The house is covered with solar panels, which guarantee all the energy required for its operation, which includes lighting, appliances, electronics, air conditioning and the supply of an electric car.
To reduce electricity consumption, students added a solar water heating system and a storage pump. In fact, the project takes water extremely seriously, with solutions that avoid all kinds of waste.
A cistern captures rainwater, which passes through a filtering system, making it drinkable, while the gray water also undergoes a treatment and is used in the washing machine, sink, shower, irrigation and supply of the aquaponic system for the food production.
Aquaponics is a system that associates plant cultivation with fish farming. This model is so efficient that it can save up to 90% water compared to traditional planting. Because it is completely closed, it still prevents the disposal of effluents into the environment.
In addition to being efficient in water, energy and food production, NexusHaus was even designed with a clever design that values the quality of life of the residents. The spaces were designed to ensure comfort regardless of the time of year. An example is the central area of the residence, which can be closed or opened, according to the external climate. The house still has a kitchen with dining room, living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and an office.