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This gorgeous eco-friendly house produces more than 3 times the energy it needs

Architects haven’t scrimped on luxury… The extra energy is used to heat an outdoor swimming pool, and there’s a sauna too.

THIS IS — no-doubt — one of the most efficient houses on Earth.

It was designed to be 100% zero emission, and incorporates a ridiculous number of clever tricks and gadgets to truly make it a friend to the environment.

Norway’s Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and renowned international architecture firm Snøhetta teamed up to make it possible.

Take a look inside… 

The house uses various natural sources to provide all the energy it needs — plus at least enough to power an electric family car for a year. It produces 23,200kWh of energy a year, but through clever and eco-friendly design uses only 7,272kWh…

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1,614 square feet of solar panels cover the roof, bringing in an estimated 19,200kWh of energy. The roof is also tilted 19 degrees southeast toward the sun, to maximize sun exposure, as well as make it easier to collect and use rainwater. Thermal solar panels heat the water for use in the house…

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Inside, the home is stylishly appointed with a huge amount of recycled materials used in the construction. The architecture firm went with Scandinavian minimal interior to match the simple exterior…

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Recycled wood gives the interior a cabin-like feel. An atrium splits the kitchen and living room to maximize and heat throughout the rooms…

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Huge sun-facing windows let in both light and heat, and a heat circulator makes sure the whole house feels the warmth. Sensors measure the warmth of each room and distribute accordingly.

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The home is two stories, and each floor has a radiator that, together, heat the entire house. It draws this energy from geothermal wells.

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But all this eco-friendliness doesn’t mean you lose out on luxury. The extra energy generated also goes to heating the outdoor swimming pool and an attached sauna is heated using firewood. A vegetable garden on the property promotes even more sustainable habits.

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Here’s the entire rundown of the house’s energy-saving features…

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