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The ‘Z-Free’ Home: A Circular Thinking and Eco-Cycle Design Practice
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7754-0927
Lund University.
Aalborg University.
2023 (English)In: Energies, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 16, p. 1-20, article id 6536Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the need for affordable sustainable housing has increased. At the same time, there has been a gradual rising interest in compact living. With the mounting impacts of climate change, a new way of thinking is needed to develop more resilient and climate responsive ways of living that are compact, affordable, and climate-conscious. In response to this need, the idea of a ‘Z-Free Home’ was born. The ‘Z-Free Home’ is a tiny mobile house equipped with essential passive and eco-cycle systems that achieves nine zero targets. The main design and construction concept is based on circular design and a return to nature life cycle principles. In this paper, the architectural design concept, building energy modelling, and simulation for the Z-Free Home design proposal is discussed. This paper describes the concept design and design development phases together with building modelling and simulation. A focus was made on the use of virtual reality in design development assessment as a new method for evaluating passive and eco-cycle systems. The results show that it’s possible to achieve nine different zero goals while the analysis illustrates the challenges in achieving them. The paper also described the next steps planned for the proof of concept, i.e., the 1:1 house model. The project is ongoing, and it aims at a full-scale physical prototype as a proof of concept for the zero targets. The ‘Z-Free Home’ is designed for the cold Swedish climate but could be more widely applicable in other mild climates as well as hot climates.

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Basel, Switzerland: MDPI, 2023. Vol. 16, p. 1-20, article id 6536
Keywords [en]
Z-Free Home; eco-cycle; passive design; VR; nature-based design
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Architecture
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Urban studies; Sustainable studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63854DOI: 10.3390/en16186536ISI: 001145300500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85172729691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-63854DiVA, id: diva2:1814354
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Z free home, The Crafoord FoundationAvailable from: 2023-11-24 Created: 2023-11-24 Last updated: 2024-02-26Bibliographically approved

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