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Here Now, an Eco-Friendly Home That's Remote-Controlled

In It's Not Easy Being Green, Curbed pulls back the curtain on cutting-edge, environmentally friendly design, from urban passive houses to green tweaks on suburban living. Have a suggestion for an upcoming column? Pass it along.

Romania's Soleta ZeroEnergy One is not just the latest in souped-up, tech-loaded concept homes—a club that includes everything from futuristic micro dwellings to foldable houses to shape-shifting mansions—it's also affordable, sustainable, and easily replicated. The 517-square-foot studio structure, created by the Foundation for Invention and Sustainable Technologies (FITS) and currently sitting on display outside the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, uses a smartphone-enabled climate and ventilation monitoring system to slash energy use down to 45 percent.

Despite its name, which kind of makes the home sound like it's a ship out of Star Trek, Soleta ZeroEnergy One keeps a relatively low profile, design-wise, with a timber-and-glass façade that is certainly leagues less crazy futuristic than other Starfleet-esque houses one could mention. Furthermore, materials for the structure's glue-laminated 'A' frame were locally sourced, and the walls are made of insulated glass.

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· All It's Not Easy Being Green posts [Curbed National]