DHouse: A Sustainable Innovation of Passive Traditional Systems of Bahay Kubo, Designed for Urban Resilience
DHouse is an existing modern shelter built in a flood-prone city designed to address anticipated problems that affect the ecology of the built environment and urban development. It highlights practical applications through natural ventilation, daylighting, illumination control, indoor thermal control through building envelope strategies brought down the energy consumption by more than 50% from the base case. Elevated to reduce flood intrusion, it utilizes the bottom of the structure with a series of cisterns for rainwater that integrates natural and passive filtering without the use of additional energy.
Replication of DHouse’s systems and strategies to different scales and type of occupancy multiplies its direct impact on a larger scale to communities and users with the reduction on energy demand and area flooding. A series of hybrid concepts for housing, community offices, district hospitals, and evacuation facilities were developed from the base concept of the DHouse to further expand the same benefits.