29 Feb '16, 2pm

100% solar-powered super villa makes Arab housing sustainable again

ushered in an era of excess, many people in the Middle East stopped building sensible homes adapted to harsh weather conditions. But a group of students from Oman are bridging the distance with a sustainable design with which even the most traditional Arab can identify. Here's the thing: many homes in the Gulf region in particular have separate quarters for men and women (who aren't a part of the family), making them rather large. Whether or not westerners agree with this, it's a fact of life here - so the Higher College of Technology found a brilliant way to satisfy this requirement while slashing the home's overall footprint by roughly two thirds. Then they added a slew of other sustainable features and a crown of solar panels , resulting in a super villa that is 100 percent powered by the sun and generates three times the energy it needs to run.

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