RiverHouse’s “homes of the future” is a development of 40 state-of-the-art “green” villas, uniquely designed to minimize their carbon footprint. Each house comes standard with an integrated solar system, connecting it with its neighbours, creating a “smart grid” of shareable excess power. This is a new concept for residential development and greatly reduces power purchased from the electric authority.
The development also features: heat-pump water heaters; high-efficiency air-conditioning; centralized dehumidifiers; LED lighting; insulated walls and double-glazed doors/windows. These provide comfortable living whilst reducing environmental impact.
Rainwater is harvested at villas, connected to centralized storage tanks, before filtering and re-use. The main filtration plant is also powered by solar. These homes are nearly self-sufficient, and owners can use a solar-powered tuk-tuk for local transport to nearby destinations.
We began in 2016 as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers for the villas and infrastructure. The brief was engineering to international standards; both for safety and quality, while being efficient and high-tech at a reasonable cost. As construction progressed, we also became involved with solar power and an optional Lutron home automation system. Lutron allows mobile and voice control (Siri/Alexa/Google) of lights, shades, air-con and fans. It also offers ease-of-use, timer control, geofencing, and energy-saving features.
Visit the project‘s website www.riverhousephuket.com