Texas Modular Home Will Run on Rainwater and Sunshine Alone


Can you believe that all you need for making everything in your home work is only sunshine and rainwater? This Texas modular house proves it to be a great idea turned into reality. The designs you’re looking at were made by a team of creative students. The goal was to provide with a modular home which is at the same time off-grid. The project of those from NexusHaus team is cleverly projected to function in areas with lots of sunlight and it is thought to be highly necessary especially in drought-prone areas. Besides the slick design of the modules, there are some neat innovations like drinking rainwater reuse and graywater recycling featured in the house project. Browse the images to get a better understanding.


“Although the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition is focused on renewable energy, one of the teams chosen to build a house for this fall’s event will take resource conservation a step further.

The University of Texas at Austin, partnering with Germany’s Technische Universitat Munchen, will construct a home that is net zero usage for energy as well as water. The team’s NexusHaus, which will be on display during the competition held Oct. 8 to 18 in Irvine, Calif., will be one of the country’s first water-independent dwellings, and its design could have major ramifications for home builders in drought-prone areas and beyond. Its concepts have takeaways for builders across the country as more jurisdictions allow measures such as potable rainwater reuse and graywater recycling.”





source: builderonline.com

99 Responses to “Texas Modular Home Will Run on Rainwater and Sunshine Alone”

  1. Adell says:

    I want to know more



  3. Daff Minopetros says:

    Are these homes available in South Africa and what sort of price would one be looking at. Sounds pretty awesome

  4. Kim says:

    Will you be selling these

  5. Nathalie says:

    Hello I would be interrested in this project. I would like to build an eco friendly guest house as well as my own home need ideas and this one sounds fabulous. I live in New Caledonia

  6. Maria says:

    Would like to know the cost and locations of these homes

  7. Debbie Singer says:

    I am very interested how can we get more info including pricing and larger models available?

  8. margret says:

    Really cool. Was wondering if you could do a model with some sort of louvers on the open space so one could crank it open or closed, depending on weather.

  9. Scott says:

    I would like to know more about these homes.

  10. Carolyn mcdonald says:

    Please send more information great concept

  11. Jen Hill says:

    Last summer in Central Texas, we had 90 days in a row of high temperatures over 100 degrees, and many of those days low temperatures did not go below 79 or 80 degrees. How would this house stay cool under such conditions?

  12. Alan says:

    I would like to know more. This is a great idea.

  13. Rebecca says:

    Please send me more info . We are about to build a house in New Zealand and really love this design . We are on a large farm with huge rainful and really not enough sunshine hours so need all the sun to come indoors when we get it .
    Is it possible to have shipped to NZ . All info possible and pricing would be hugely appreciated .

    Kindest Regards

  14. terry says:

    I will need one of these build for my self in the Caribbean . Please send me designs and cost.

  15. Mary Kay Russell says:

    I would like information of various models and cost. Where are they sold and such. Thanks

  16. Tiffany says:

    I would like more information on these homes.

  17. Antoinette says:

    Could you please send me some more information on this please. Thanks.

  18. Bob Woods says:

    { am in spicewood and would like to discuss

  19. Howard Broughton says:

    What is the plan?
    Maybe we could build in Texas.
    Two building centers here, Ft. worth and Austin.

  20. Jaques says:

    You are both twats

    • nancy agnew says:

      Why do you need to be so rude…no wonder kids grow up the way they do with such role models

  21. Karen kendrick says:

    I want know more about constructiin of these hoyses + price please. Can they be got in Ireland we have plenty of rain + can do sunshine too.

  22. Khiry says:

    What are the see-through sunlight panels made of

  23. Phillip michaels says:

    Ideal please send more info

  24. cemile says:

    Did anybody reciev ansver for their questions about this house

  25. Cee says:

    Any additional information would be greatly appreciated
    Thank you

  26. Tomas Martinez says:

    The problem is the material we use to build these homes, all we know in the States is building homes with saw dust and glue panels called OSB. The better solution is to build concrete based homes. I have a much better solution. Nice design but it is all about what you build them with.

  27. Sabrina says:

    Is anyone going to answer any of the posted questions or provide more information?

  28. Sandy says:

    More information, please. I am in Georgia, USA.

  29. Val says:

    Hey, everyone asking for information, plans, etc – this is a competition prototype that hasn’t even been completed yet. There *are* no plans, no factories, no shipments. Sheesh!

  30. chris says:

    Please remember that some people who have vision challenges also type in all caps so they can see it. It does not mean they are virtually yelling at you!!!! When in doubt, please be humble and kind!!

  31. Aroha Ririnui says:

    Hi, from New Zealand. Would love to know more. Or how to acquire design plans etc. Thanks

  32. Susan says:

    Please send me info I live in FL.

  33. Nicole says:

    I’m interested in the plans for this module

  34. Miriam Lambert says:

    Please let me know where to buy one and the cost.

  35. Linda Ulrich says:

    Interested in further info please.

  36. Ed says:

    aNY WEB site WHERE I CAN find morE inFormaTion?

  37. jean Dupuis says:

    I am a 60 year old woman hoping to own a small house off the grid as possible within my last working years, which would be in the next 10 years. I will not have pension. So I must have a sustainable option to survive. This is a perfect answer.

  38. Diana Jubenville says:

    Are there plans for this design? Love this…

  39. A Rose says:

    Thank you both for the chuckle. I really needed one.

  40. Marie says:

    Beautiful. I love seeing the new concepts incorporating sustainability that our up and coming architects have developed. I would love to live in a modern home as beautiful as this with the environmental responsibility that is a must for our future. It’s a good blend. Good work.

  41. C says:

    WHO CARES the size of TEXT! sheesh

  42. Lori says:

    Would this design work in Ohio? The roof seems awfully flat to hold snow.

  43. Regina Beck says:

    Would like more details and pricing. What parts of the country are these available.

  44. SteveCampsOut says:

    Why do all these modern fancy technology homes look like boxes? Where’s the style?

  45. Artur Stuart says:

    I have builders and developers interested in these designs, materials and costs. I am in Melbourne and Canberra, Australia.

  46. Richard says:

    Storm cellar shelter? Why is not earth sheltered construction considered to moderate extremes of temperature and protection from hurricanes and tornadoes? One might suppose there is a water cistern underground, so anything else subterranean? The thing looks ripe to be plucked up and tossed about by one of those extremely strong windstorms. Maybe Austin and Germany do not have windstorms?

  47. Nacho Customer says:

    Some good, tried and true concepts at work in this design, BUT

    This is theory, not practice. Irresponsible to state that it “will” run on sunshine and rainwater alone with no field metrics. Run what, how? In what stage of comfort? I’m very pro-low impact housing, but this is a box of unicorns and fairy farts until built and operated.

    Fawning over something because you see buzzwords like “solar” and “sustainable” is not very good thinking. It’s like falling in love with an anime character. Build it, live in it in West Texas for a year, and then let’s look at origination costs, footprint, operational efficacy and then compare it to alternatives. In the environment they are positing, gonna be hard to beat the cost and efficiency of earth sheltered homes – but it might make sense in south Florida or the Pacific Northwest.

    Interior is a doppelganger of the public camping grounds office/gathering area in Reykjavik, which does work pretty well in that rainy environment. reykjavikcampsite.is/

  48. Hubert Bullard says:

    I would like to know more about these homes and the different designs.

  49. inez kalisperis says:

    Would like to know more about your housing, living in Australia..

  50. Davíd says:

    I would like to know if you have replied to any of these questions in the three years this post has been circulating.
    If so please email me more information. Thanks

  51. Sandra says:

    Please send me information

  52. Donna Walker says:

    I would like more information and possible pricing

  53. Robyn says:

    Please send more details

  54. Iga Mokole says:

    How much is cost please…and freight to the pacific island

  55. Carlos Weinheimer says:

    Privacy? U r out in the middle of nowhere

  56. Dale Palmer says:

    Very cool.. love options for green power and living. Would love to see something like this going up in my city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  57. Pamela says:

    How storm safe and what is the price? Love the open floor plan

  58. Debra Huon says:

    Can you please send me info? Love to build in Australia

  59. Jannette says:

    Can I have more info please. Very interested in this.

  60. Joe says:

    please send me more info and prices. thank you

  61. Anne chambers says:

    Can you give me more info, pricing, sizes.
    I live in South Africa

  62. Cheryl ellis says:

    In South Africa.. do you have an agent here, if so costs etc

  63. Edward Huls says:

    Here in Hawai’i with an average annual rainfall of 17 inches, and sunshine pretty much 365 daze a year, a house like this would thrive…

  64. Kris says:

    It looks like a lot of people need to work on their reading comprehension. It says in the article that it’s being built for a COMPETITION by two UNIVERSITIES. No one from goodhomesdesign.com who wrote an article is going to contact you about building you a sustainable modular house.

  65. Janice Kalec says:

    In the article there was mention of an exhibit of this model (or similar) in Irvine, CA in October. Is that October 2019? Or a different year? Where might I see one, get more information? I live near Los Angeles, CA. Thank you.

  66. Marie A Wemett says:

    If you think this would be good for retiring veteran boomers I would be interested.

  67. Don Brown says:

    I like so many others, would like to know about availability, cost, and delivery where they are available. Definitely Interesting and an interested.

  68. malcolm coneMalcone says:

    Please send the details of house

  69. Ricarda says:

    Hello, whats about snow in the roof, it can be very weightful!

  70. David Chance says:

    I’m moving from Ga to Tx want an efficient home on my lot

  71. Jeanie Hartman says:

    Would like more information as well. Has anyone received any requirement information?

  72. Mike In Fort Worth says:

    Does anyone here know that everything west of East Texas is prone to droughts?

  73. Hinemoa says:

    More information available

  74. Sarah says:

    All you who are interested in more information need to contact the University of Austin’s School of Architecture department ( soa.utexas.edu/work/nexushaus ).
    NexusHaus was their 2015 project, they do a new one every year.

    This e-magazine “Goods Home Design” is simply reporting on it, telling you about it. All the information you are going to get from them is printed ABOVE.

  75. Ana says:

    I’d like more information about the availability and pricing of these homes please.

  76. Mike Crain says:

    Send me more information about the house models please

  77. Andrea hazuda says:

    I would love to know more. Looking to build in Belize.

  78. Dave says:

    More info please

  79. Mike says:

    More info please price. Delivery options. Thanks

  80. Susan says:

    Can I see the home this weekend in Irvine?

  81. Sandra lange says:

    Would like to know more about it and cost and is it s

  82. Linda says:

    Great concept, but for areas with lots of rainfall, a flat roof is NOT a good idea unless it is slanted.

  83. Jen says:

    I went one!

  84. Terry Henderson says:

    website does not exist… NexusHaus

  85. Trobel BloeWa says:

    Want to know more.

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