Solar Orientation and Mediterranean Villa Design

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The Grandfather Approach and Nuca I thought you might be interested to read what Domingo Cardenas, our head architect, recently wrote to one of our clients. It gives you a great insight into how we work and who we are. I have corrected only the odd spelling so, apart from that, these are Domingo’s exactContinue reading

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings and the European Directive

Architect Marbella talks about E.U legislation on carbon zero villas

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The single biggest thing you can do to reduce climate change apart from stopping flying (which you won’t do anyway) is improve the energy efficiency of your building. The great thing is that energy efficient buildings are alsoContinue reading

Modern Renewable Energy Systems in Spanish Villas

Architect Marbella Eco Vida Homes discusses Modern Renewable Energy Systems

Renewable energy systems have in the past been associated with being weak, expensive, and unreliable. For many people the concept goes with eco-warriors living off grid in situations where they can’t have all mod cons. Well let me tell you. Things have changed! We are installing a renewable energy system in a modern villa thatContinue reading

Do you NEED the Tesla Powerwall battery?

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Under some circumstances you probably do. The key thing about this battery is that it has a high capacity and a high output (so you can run the kettle and the washing machine for example). It’s also small, clean, and easily mountable on the wall. Forget the old days of rows of kind of carContinue reading

How to be Carbon Zero in Spain: Renewable Energy Systems

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This is how to be carbon zero in Spain. You can retro fit an existing house or use these principals for your new build. If you want to be green do this. It’s the biggest contribution you can make towards reducing climate change except for stopping flying and we know you’re not going to doContinue reading

Benefits of Using Living Walls in the design of Spanish Villas

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A living wall or vertical garden can be incorporated into the design of your new build or renovation project. Apart from the benefits listed below you can even use them to grow kitchen herbs and strawberries! 1. Attractive environment – Green walls have a soothing effect. I think it’s true to that that, without knowingContinue reading