You've heard of smartphones being able to control everything from your favorite DVR recordings to home security systems, but did you ever think that your pocket gadget could manage your entire house? Designed by Justin Capra Foundation for Invention and Sustainable Technologies (FITS) in Romania, the Soleta ZeroEnergy One is a tiny modular home that achieves 45% energy efficiency by incorporating high-tech smartphone-ready features.
The concept home is the first zero energy modular home to emerge from whole new generation of eco-minded designers in Romania. On display outside of the US Embassy in Bucharest, the ZeroEnergy One can be used as small, cozy abode, detached office or studio, or affordable vacation home. Clocking in at a micro-sized 48 square meters, the home never feels claustrophobic in its experimental design. All materials used in construction are only locally sourced and natural, which includes glue laminated wood for the structure and wood shingles for the roof. Reinforcing a direct relationship with nature, FITS eliminated solid walls, opting instead for insulated glass that also provides natural light and ventilation.
The FITS concept home redefines sustainable building, as the ZeroEnergy One provides an affordable alternative to more expensive technologies used to "green" homes. Plus, with its modular construction, the home can virtually built anywhere supplies are available. While rustic in appearance, the ZeroEnergy One is unquestionably contemporary and state of the art, providing infinite reasons to fall in love with your smartphone.