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Sustainable Luxury Villas, Which Are the Best in the World?

The real estate market is changing rapidly thanks to innovative new ideas and technology. As a result, the perfect combination of elegance, utility, and sustainability is emerging with the trend of green building for luxury homes.



Sustainable living isn’t a new concept, but the way that we achieve sustainability is evolving. Sustainable luxury homes used to mean small, simple homes designed for minimalist living. That, however, is no longer the case. Many luxury homes are now moving towards energy-efficient technology,  not only in the construction of the house, but in its final design as well. Energy-efficient homes are no longer limited to repurposed shipping containers, but can resemble any other luxury home. Revolutionary ecotechnology means that sustainability is no longer incompatible with a luxurious lifestyle.  


An energy-efficient house is more than a conversation piece; it promotes an innovative lifestyle that the owners can feel good about. While the house powers itself, it simultaneously empowers the owners to live sustainably without forgoing any desired amenities.


The main reasons for buyers to go for sustainable villas are:


  • Comfort: living in a sustainable house guarantees you the maximum comfort with nature, although visually it doesn’t seem to be like that. Feeling, breathing and touching a home made of fine materials always make you feel good.

  • Health: inside a sustainable villa, it’s impossible to perceive signs of excessive moisture, lack of ventilation, etc. This would help the increasing number of people who suffer from respiratory diseases. As it avoids allergy problems, asthma, migrain or skin irritations.

  • Savings: the fact that sustainable villas are built in the best conditions, talking about thermal insulation, orientation, or cross ventilation would mean that it’s easier to reach a constant temperature and that it wouldn’t require a greater energy performance for it, due to low-quality enclosures, or an inadequate construction as much as for materials as for home’s orientation. If we really want to have a full sustainable home, we won’t regret about the great advantage it brings at long-term.

  • Lifestyle: if you feel yo owe nature, ori f you think you could be more responsible with it. The peak of a healthy lifestyle isn’t only affecting to diet or exercising, but to all the activities we’re daily doing.


How to identify sustainable villas? Which elements make them different?


The wealth of natural materials: Sustainable luxury villas are made of fine and local materials, and make use of them for its correct functioning. We talk about locals because of obtaining easily resources. And because these materials are naturally made for adapting to the environment where they’re extracted and where they’re going to be built.

On the other hand, the plants multitude. Those help to mantain a constant temperature and moisture in the home. Apart from it, it’s ideal to use plants which require of very few water resources an those covered with rain collected water.


Its design and orientation: Sustainable luxury villas projected on a plane seem to be perfect bioclimatic architecture works. But on the ground, these could mean a pain in the neck. On the ground, the correct orientation of the home could be something impossible to get, or the correct functioning of the house not as efficient as expected. The same thing could happen with design, the work execution has to respect and understand the villa’s performance so the inital purpose of the construction doesn’t ruin itself.


Use of renewable energies and technological elements: Sustainable luxury villas are match really well with technology, although we apparently match sustainability with natural and ecological. Technology is able to control some certain elements of the villa in order to reach ideal temperature conditions (smart home). And obviously, another differential element would be to see renewable energy devices joined to one of the adjacent parts of the villa.


After knowing these features of sustainable villas, here we leave below some of the best sustainable villas in the world:


Ying Yang House by: Brooks+Scarpa

It’s a full efficient villa located at Venice, California. It’s a single-family home which adapts to the needs of a family with children.



ZEB Pilot House by: Snøhetta

It’s located in Norway and it’s the perfect example to build rustic sustainable villas.



La Casa de los Vientos: José Luís Muñoz

It’s a villa located in the province of Cádiz. From its balcony you can watch Sotogrande, the Mediterranean Sea and even the Rock of Gibraltar.



S-House by: KO+KO architects

In this case, the villa not only stands out for its meandering shape with S form. But for being one of the fews which provides itself with geotermal energy.


(via iLuxenio)

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