Going green is the in phrase at the moment and you will hear other phrases when people talk about global warming and a need to change our dependence on fossil fuels, such as Carbon footprint and going Carbon neutral.
Globally, architects are scrambling to design sustainable buildings that have green credentials and are not just happy with going green; they are seeking the holy grail of sustainable architecture by building a zero energy house.
One such firm of architects has already got close to achieving this goal.
They are brothers Johnny and Paul Kember British architects who formed KplusK Associates, a firm in Hong Kong.
For many years, since they started their company in 1996, they have been interested in environmental sustainability and their clean futuristic and quirky iconic style of architecture has been recognized throughout South East Asia with multiple awards and commissions.
KplusK has become one of the regions leading residential architects in sustainable design using recycled and renewable materials, wood from managed forests, LED lighting and wherever possible alternative technologies which are energy efficient and carbon neutral.
In 2007 KplusK was one of six winning designs chosen to participate in the Bird Island Zero Energy housing competition, a project to construct six sustainable, zero energy homes that work with the environment in the middle of Sentul Park, a bird sanctuary in Kuala Lumpur.
KplusK’s urban chic and eco-friendly design has all the environmentally friendly credentials, such as capturing the suns rays with Photovoltaic panels on the roof, for all its energy needs, as well as collecting rainwater, which will be purified and stored underground, to make it a classic zero energy home.
As of yet no construction date has been set.