These aren’t the green roofs that are commonly referred to as living roofs. This is a portable pod that can be lived in on top of roof tops (or any other desired location).
Nau Architects have released a self sustainable concept that they call the Living Roof. It is a compact design that can adjust to your needs, where the “function ring” rotates depending on your desired use. From a bed, to an office, to a lounge area. The unit was made to be portable and able to be off the grid.
The pod collects rain water and has a filtration system to purify it for drinkable water, as well as cleaning or bathing. It collects solar energy through it’s photovoltaic shell, while any unused energy is stored to battery cells for later use. There are wind turbines at either end of the pod, which ventilates the interior space while funneling rainwater to its collectors. The turbines also contribute to generating electricity for the home.
The living roof is directed more toward hotels for a luxury suite, but the pod would make a desirable home or cabin for anyone wanting comfort without sacrificing our environment to do so. The main drawback with the design would be transporting the unit, as to place it on a rooftop could require air lifting, which is not environmentally conscientious.
Beverly Claybrook, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C is an architectural technology instructor at DCTC. She has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science from the State University of New York.
Before coming to Minnesota, she studied architecture at the University of Texas. As a registered architect, she has many years of experience in the field. While working at architectural firms in Minneapolis and Dallas, she specialized in corporate buildings and facilities.
In addition to teaching, Beverly continues to work on both residential and commercial projects in her private practice. She enjoys all aspects of architecture from the initial, creative brainstorming to seeing the finished project.
As a registered architect, Beverly is a long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects, or AIA. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Accredited Professional, she thoroughly understands green building practices and principles, and is versed in the LEED Rating Systems. She is also a Certified Interior Designer.
As for her teaching philosophy, Beverly favors a studio approach to give students hands-on experience. She believes in respecting everyone's differences and tries to make the classroom a welcoming and stimulating environment.
She hopes her students will work to make the world a better place while making better places in the world.
Her students are the best part of her job as a DCTC instructor. She enjoys challenging them, elevating them, and encouraging them to realize their full potential. She loves to see her students learn, grow and succeed.