Make your house a RainHouse

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:09

There are plenty of ways to transform a house into an efficient building that will save owners on cost and resources. Installing the best heating system, such as radiant heaters can lower the energy needed to warm a house and water-efficient toilets can save on water. However, it's equally as important to improve public and commercial buildings to support a more sustainable way of life. These are the places that will be used by the most people and, in turn, could have the biggest impact on results in the long run.
Drinking the rainOne of the most valuable resources on the planet is drinking water. In more developed parts of the world it is easily accessible by turning on a faucet. However, that's not the case for everywhere. The designing company of concrete, IVANKA, has developed a solution that could potentially fix this problem when it revealed a new building during the Milan Design Week, reported Architecture and Design.
As part of the company's Water of Life project, IVANKA has created the RainHouse, a building that harnesses some of the purest water in the world: rainwater. This structure is made with an innovative bio-concrete that optimizes a pH-neutral composition and filtration system that produces clean drinking water, according to the project's website. The rain falls onto the bio-compatible concrete tiles of the roof and into a storage tank lined with the same material. No work has to be done for the RainHouse to provide free drinking water for people, as the sun distils it.
The company built a model to show their creation to the public during the show in Milan, but had to simulate a cloud for the rain. However, people got the message and saw the potential this technology could have on the world.
A solution to the world's drinking problemIf innovations like the RainHouse are implemented in all aspects of life, the reward could be a near limitless supply of drinking water for everyone. The process could be incorporated into houses, parks and public buildings, saving an incalculable amount on water bills for people everywhere. Not only that, it will be some of the cleanest water available, better than that of rivers, lakes and underground springs. This is an eco-friendly and potentially affordable answer to a problem many still face today.