The Carbon house

The Love Shack

Features:

-a cross-pollination of ideas between industrial design, apptech, architecture, desert research (eg. Earth Ships, Hexayurt), architecture, horticulture, permaculture and biochar ('Permachar') and a bit of Rock n' Roll

-adaptable to most biomes and highly weather-proof structures

-Lavo Green Hydrogen system powered with semi-transparent Perovskite solar PV cells integrated with transparent PolyPIU 'CarbonPIU' insulated polycarbonate panels on most structures except for central living quarters which has an earth covered roof for thermal mass/insulation.

-Vertical walls in living quarters and on S aspect of hexagonal greenhouses could be made from biochar-filled biocomposite which could also be substituted with Carbon fibre 'massless batteries' for extra/even primary energy storage. Deployment of Lavo systems or 'massless batteries' in architecture/transport will drive cost down. I would like to see a basic Lavo system for less than AUD25k.

-the triangular roof panels on the hexagonal greenhouses could double as motorised/manually raised air vents to help regulate temperature and humidity

-Permachar Wicking Modules (PWM) (the northerly aspect within a sloped greenhouse) with Kon-Tiki 'Rolls' biochar kiln in foreground ready for some coppiced acacia feedstock, which can be planted near the shack (seedballs/seedlings) or available in the wild in many drylands areas

-each hexagonal greenhouse and inter-connector could have different micro-climates with controllable temperature and humidity suitable for 4 season growing, and could also house hydroponics, aquaponics, microgreens and seed propagation. The STEMinds 'Eduponics Mini' Smart Agriculture kit looks very promising for monitoring a range of metrics suitable for hydroponics, aquaponics and beyond (www.crowdsupply.com/steminds/eduponics-mini).  Also, why not grow some flowers too? Manual pollination would be required for some plants...

 -the inter-connecting greenhouses, between the hexagonal structures would have climbing plants eg. spinach, passionfruit, beans etc. on trellises erected on the inside next to the vertical walls

-rainwater harvesting on all the roof spaces (slightly raised at the centre) can be stored in an underground tank providing domestic water and supplying the plants

-an outdoor kitchen could be established using acacia pellets produced with a pelletiser to run TLUD stoves, along with a solar oven from GoSun or simply made with cardboard and Al foil.

-for an online 'Love shack' a 'Starlink' UFO could be installed on the roof of the living quarters. 'Starlink' will eventually provide broadband internet access all over the world

-no fracking required!!

PermacharBnB

Features

  • Another 'love shack' space experience on Terra Firma/Eaarth. This design is closer to what might one day be built in space, or even initially as a prototype in the South Australian desert
  • Extremely resilient climate-proofed hexagonal structures. Note that the outer structures will provide some wind protection for the central living quarters
  • The dimensions of the overall design are scaleable
  • A 'Green Aluminium' alloy for the structures' exoskeleton
  • For the domestic structures and connecting passageways, a double wall with air insulation could be cooled with water vapor (active/powered cooling with reversible fans) during hotter days which will also cool down the solar PV cells (like a fan on a CPU heatsink). At night, heat could be pumped from the air gaps into the living quarters if needed given that it can get quite cold at night time in the desert during the cooler months. The air gap could also interface with the greenhouses for additional air heating/cooling. Note also that biochar breathes though testing would need to be done on the biocomposite suggested in the next point.  Nevertheless,  there will be some passive/unpowered heating and cooling which could help regulate indoor humidity/water vapor content. It may be that too much water is lost through the outer domestic structures (though the graphene base layer in the PV cells may prevent water from passing through) and that sandy loam (retrieved from the bladder holes) poured into the air gaps will do a better job. In this scenario, the living quarters could still take excess heat from the greenhouses for night time heating. The whole temperature control system could be controlled over WiFi via a smartphone app.
  • Biochar-based green epoxy resin biocomposite panels (inner hexagons) and for the outer hexagons, passageways and roofs, biochar-based green epoxy resin biocomposite with a sandwiched/middle layer graphene surface (adding strength to the panels, providing the base layer of Perovskite PV cells for EC and possibly preventing water leakage from the air gap) and printed C- based 'Hot carrier' Perovskites on the outer layer. The middle and outer layer could be printed with a 3D Carbon-based nano-ink (made from converting biochar to turbostratic graphene in a 'flash graphene' process pioneered by Rice University, USA) in a nano-printer (which may not yet exist - possibly science fiction at this stage). An R&D issue is how to attach the base layer to the biocomposite.
  • The Perovskites then feed electricity into a Regenerative Hydrogen Fuel Cell System (see page 'Overview of Permachar systems') for solar energy charging/storage/discharging to appliances. I would be interested to know, would the panels be giant hailstone proof? Probably not much of an issue in the desert but maybe relevant in higher rainfall areas...
  • Insulated polycarbonate panels eg, 10mm for the 'GreenHouses', made from hemp bioplastic
  • 3 different North-facing (if you're in the Southern hemisphere) Greenhouses with unique microclimates (1,2,3) using 'Eduponics Mini' kits and recirculated water, like a Wardian box, which could use a range of systems such as microgreens, hydroponics, aquaponics, vertical walls etc. Coarsely milled biochar eg.5mm diameter could be used as a growing medium to replace perlite or vermiculite which are often used in these systems.
  • Raised hexagonal pyramid roofs for solar collection and water harvesting with gutters + biochar water filtration
  • Underground rainwater/bore water storage in bladders (available at 'Measured Irrigation') dug underneath the 'Bathroom/Laundry', 'Kitchen' and 'Greenhouses'.
  • Multifunctional 'Living quarters' for work, recreation and sleep
  • Airlocked structure with air circulation and filtration using biochar (charcoal) filters integrating temperature and humidity regulation plus Oxygen produced from plants in the greenhouses
  • Humanure toilet + biochar ->fertiliser->Greenhouses->plants->food, medicines, Oxygen; and biomass->TLUD (Kitchen)->biochar
  • Starlink communications for internet access/whatever you can get locally