This house in Portugal cork panels used in coating. This waterproof material is renewable and therefore its use as a primary coating became very efficient. In addition, the country harvested 50% of the world’s cork material, thereby reducing the total cost.
The house is a simple volume and rectangular with a sloping roof, covered almost entirely with these panels, except in their windows and corrugated metal sector which covers the garage. Building on the hillside, the house has two entrances – one on the ground floor and one on the first level. The dining room, living room and the kitchen are arranged in the first level and the rooms are in the second.
A lot of windows on the facade were willing to collect the morning sun, filtered through aluminum shutters. A window on the south side gives its inhabitants a view of the neighborhood, and other sunscreen windows on the west side, possible to avoid the overheating of the house in the afternoon.
The cork is not a common material to be used as a coating, but at the same time seems very sensible in this case. Being a very common material in Portugal, is probably much cheaper, and installed properly on heat and water barriers, it becomes very effective as insulation. The house was completed in 2007 and so far has remained a very good way.
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