Posted by: Barrak Al-Babtain | October 31, 2017

Designing a Sustainable Home

Kuwait is an extreme living environment. We live in one of the hottest and driest places on earth yet very few people are designing and building homes that take this reality into consideration.

The issue is that the low cost of water and electricity blinds us from the fact that we live in such an extreme environment. Now that there are plans to phase out electric and water subsidies many are finally realizing the problems that result from the way we design and build in Kuwait.

In the past 10 years I have seen countless homes that could have been designed much more efficiently. Clients are interested in sustainable design but unfortunately it has become a meaningless buzzword that doesn’t really mean anything tangible anymore, and it becomes hard to explain what it should mean.

What i’m planning on doing in the next few weeks is to create a conceptual design of what I believe a sustainable home should be like in Kuwait. It would have all of the ideas that I have been talking about in the past and I’ll have all the plans and thoughts behind every decision posted here for everyone to see and share.

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