Constructed from recyclable materials, consume less energy, bio-climatic design and have solar panels, Green Buildings cost between 12,000 and 60,000 Euros. Architect Luis de Garrido recently presented model house R4: all made from recyclable materials and consuming a minimum of energy.

Luis de Garrido, is an architect whose projects inspire awe and imagination, whimsy and wonder… Luis de Garrido Talavera (born 13 November 1968) is a Spanish Architect. During recent years he has only accepted projects where very strict ecological, health and environmental criteria are always respected. Professor Garrido travels the world teaching his sustainable building concepts and bio-climatic, zero energy concepts at colleges, universities and Sustainable Building conferences.

Most recently, the “ISBU Association” has chosen prominent architect, designer and educator Luis de Garrido, PhD. for his sustainable Bio-climatic architecture, educational symposiums and the innovative use of ISBU (shipping container modules) in his award winning architectural designs.

He recently presented model house R4: all made from recyclable materials and consuming a minimum of energy. The name R4, recently presented at CONSTRUMAT, the world’s largest construction show, comes from “Reuse, Recovery, Recycling and Reason “.

House R4 comes in two variants:

1)      A 150 square meters – priced at Euros 60,000

2)      A 25 square meters – priced at Euros 12,000

Houses are built from recycled shipping containers and are 100% sustainable. All residential housing and commercial building designs by Luis de Garrido include his trademark Bio-climatic architecture and air movement details. R4 prototype does not require air conditioning and use a minimum of heat.

  Winter Time Ventilation ↑

                                                       Summer Time Ventilation ↑

The architect has explained that kind of ventilation system works in the basement of houses and keeps it fresh any time.

Lighting is “low cost”, and the walls were made of a mixture of ceramic and glass to ensure maximum light house. All applications of the house are controlled by a central technical and their energy consumption is virtually zero, due to bioclimatic design, solar panels and geothermal energy.

All of the building`s components have been designed in a modular way to be dry-assembled. Thus, just as occurs in building it, dismantling it does not generate any waste and all of its parts can be used again. Hence, by repairing or replacing each one of the parts, the building has an infinite life cycle.

Luis de Garrido has long been concerned with the environmental cost of houses. “Being aware of the state of the environment is a social responsibility“ and projects like this demonstrate that ecology is not necessarily expensive.