This concept modular home in Romania, called the Soleta ZeroEnergy One, has been developed by the Justin Capra Foundation for Invention and Sustainable Technologies (FITS). The tiny house is on display outside the United States Embassy in Bucharest, and boasts a variety of sustainable materials, and technologies.
Constructed mostly from locally sourced natural materials, the home features a glued laminated wood (GLULAM) structure, and a wood shingle exterior cladding. The walls contain insulated glass windows to provide the required amounts of natural light and ventilation. In addition to natural ventilation, the home also contains forced ventilation that works in conjunction with a heat recovery system.
The eco-home has a footprint of 48 square meters, with a 22 square meter garden terrace. An overall energy efficiency rating of 45% can be achieved through the use of a climate and ventilation monitoring and managing system (KNX). As a bonus, this system can also be controlled removed via an iPhone or similar device. A smart-home controlled with a smart-phone.