A Swedish couple built a greenhouse around their house. The greenhouse fulfills multiple purposes – providing its own crops all year round while protecting its dwellings from the cold northern wind.
The house in which the couple lives is not initially built for a year-round living was meant as a gazebo for the warm season. In such a home, a heater must be built if it is to be permanently occupied, which is, of course, very uneconomical.
So, the couple came up with the idea of building a greenhouse around the house. The greenhouse is constructed of 4 mm glass plates, protecting the house from the weather conditions.
The winter season in Sweden lasts nine months. Charles Sacilotto and Marie Granmar live in Stockholm, where temperatures are down to minus five degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). In freezing January, their house is around 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59-68 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Stockholm population heats for nine months a year, from September to May. The “greenhouse” needs only to be heated for six months. Besides, they consume less energy than traditional houses.
Open Nature View
Marie and Charles build a glass roof. They can enjoy the view into nature more months a year than their neighbors. When the summer temperature reaches certain degrees, the roof automatically opens to allow the accumulated heat to escape.
A stable temperature in the greenhouse allows the cultivation of cucumbers, tomatoes, figs, grapes, and Mediterranean herbs. The couple calls it “living around nature.”
To be as dependent on traditional energy sources as possible, they have created a water retention system and a toilet system that creates fertilizer from human waste.
The couple plans to install a system that will collect energy during the summertime that can be used during the winter months during the summer months. They will thus be completely self-sufficient and independent of traditional energy sources.
Source and credit: https://truththeory.com/2019/11/30/this-swedish-couple-wrapped-their-home-in-a-greenhouse-to-grow-food-and-stay-warm/