Cisterns provide a large water storage option for roof runoff. Think of them like a rain barrel on steroids. A covered cistern eliminates insect issues that can develop with open rain barrels. Most large cisterns include a pump to speed water flow from the tanks.
Designed as a LEED Platinum, Net Zero home from the ground up, this home will withstand and utilize the harshest Florida elements. A 10.8 kilowatt photovoltaic system harvests the power of the sun, and abundant tropic rainwater collects in the integrated 8800 gallon cistern.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
This modern addition with a roof deck connects to the existing house by a structurally independent deck. The homeowners have an obsession with color, so the design team used bold blue and orange on the exterior, inspired by modern abstract art. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
The bold color and pattern used on the exterior of this modern home was inspired by abstract art. Various shades of blue connect the house, sited on the ridge of a hill, to the the sky that serves as its backdrop. Orange, as the complementary color, creates a dynamic contrast. The sustainable home runs on solar power and captures rainwater in cisterns.