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Rotating house to catch sun & wind: Made in Chiang Rai

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To follow sunlight or cooling wind, house can be rotated, during floods lifted & earthquake-resistant basement is yet another feature. 

The rotating house is equipped with highly efficient electrical appliances, water-saving sanitary ware, roof and wall insulation and a smart home system that enables the owner to cut energy consumption by 30%.


Nobody's laughing now

An architect has proved the doubters wrong by developing a house that can rotate by 360 degrees.


Yuthana Praiwan

Five years ago, the house that Yuttana Piyatrakul was trying to develop and construct was laughed at as a waste of time and an impossible mission.

But the chief executive of Green Design 360 Degree Co has realised his innovative dream - a house that can rotate by 360 degrees to save energy and enable residents to stay cool throughout the year.

The first pilot project was created in his home town of Chiang Rai with a patent registered for its basement system.

Mr Yuttana's innovative house has passed through thousands of test runs over the last few years, and in 2010 he succeeded in sorting out the house's waterworks and electricity system.

The house can be rotated to take advantage of sunlight or cooling winds. It is also designed to be lifted when flooded, while the basement is earthquake-resistant.

The house is decorated with highly efficient electrical appliances, water-saving sanitary ware, roof and wall insulation and a smart home system that enables the owner to cut energy consumption by 30%.

Mr Yuttana says the next step he is developing is how to replace wood with lightweight building materials to reduce the 40-square-metre house's weight from 5 tonnes and its investment cost from 2.8 million baht. A solar rooftop is also in the design process.

"Growing big trees to help keep a house cool may be not enough now, as climate change is too severe, so we decided to create house that can be rotated," said Mr Yuttana, a former architect at Plan Architect Co, Thailand's leading architect firm.

Climate change is also affecting wind direction, he said.

Word of mouth is still the most effective marketing tool. His innovation has not only drawn overwhelming interest from property developers and architects but has also won the Thailand Energy Award 2013 from the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency.

After the house won the award, Mr Yuttana was approached by nearly 20 interested parties to help develop rotating houses, mostly in Chiang Rai.

His company also plans to develop knock-down parts for the moving house and is now in talks with potential partners in an unnamed northern province.

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achieve: to succeed in doing something very good or difficult - บรรลุผลสำเร็จ

approach: to speak to somebody about something, especially to ask them for something or to offer to do something - เข้าหา

architect: a person whose job is to design new buildings and make certain that they are built correctly - สถาปนิก

architecture: a particular style or way of designing buildings - สถาปัตยกรรม, รูปแบบการก่อสร้าง

award: a prize or a sum of money that is given to someone following an official decision - รางวัล

basement: the part of a building that is partly or completely below the level of the ground - ห้องใต้ดิน

building materials: materials used to build and construct houses and buildings - วัสดุก่อสร้าง

chief executive: the person with the highest rank in a company or an organisation - ผู้บริหารสูงสุด

climate change: the gradual change in the world's weather that has resulted in dangerous storms and flooding - การเปลี่ยนแปลงสภาพทางภูมิอากาศ

construct: building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - ก่อสร้าง

consumption: the act of using energy, food or materials; the amount used - การบริโภคพลังงาน, การใช้หมดไป

cool: not hot, not very cold - เย็น

decorate: to make something look more attractive by putting nice things on it or in it - ประดับ, ตกแต่ง

develop: to think of or produce a new idea, product, etc. and make it successful; to build new houses, factories, etc. on an area of land, especially land that was not being used effectively before - พัฒนา

developer: real estate developer, a person or company that builds new "real estate developments" including buildings, houses, shopping centers, etc -

direction: the way something is moving or coming from - ทิศทาง

doubt: a feeling of being uncertain about something/someone or not believing something - ความสงสัย

doubters: people who question whether something is true or not, suspicious people, people who doubt -

earthquake: a sudden shaking movement of the ground - แผ่นดินไหว

effective: producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี

efficient: effective and well organised (the opposite is inefficient) - มีประสิทธิภาพ

electrical appliances: instruments or tools that run on electricity - เครื่องใช้ไฟฟ้า

enable: to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้

firm: a business or company - บริษัท

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

impossible: something that cannot happen - เป็นไปไม่ได้

innovation: the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something; a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered - นวัตกรรม, การคิดขึ้นใหม่, สิ่งที่นำเข้ามาใหม่

innovative: using new methods or ideas - เกี่ยวกับการปรับปรุงใหม่, ที่เต็มไปด้วยจิตใจปฏิรูปใหม่

insulation: material that prevents passage of heat or coldness into or out of building, can help with energy efficiency since heater or air conditioner does not need to be used - ฉนวน, การใช้ฉนวนป้องกัน, การทำฉนวน,

investment: the act of investing money in something - การลงทุน

lift: to move something to a higher position - ยกขึ้น

lightweight: not very heavy - เบา, มีน้ำหนักเบา

mission: an important job, especially a military one, that someone is sent somewhere to do - ภาระกิจ, หน้าที่, งาน

overwhelming: to be so bad or so great that a person cannot deal with it; to cover somebody/something completely - ท่วมท้น,รุนแรงมาก

partner: one of the people who owns a business and shares the profits, etc or works together with another business in an activity - หุ้นส่วน, ผู้ร่วมมือ,

party: one of the people or groups of people involved in a situation, an official argument or arrangement - คู่กรณี

patent: an official document that gives someone who has invented something the legal right to make or sell that invention for a particular period of time, and prevents anyone else from doing so - สิทธิบัตร

pilot: of a plan, product or system that is used to test how good something is before introducing it - นำร่อง

pilot project: a plan, product or system that is used to test how good something is before introducing it - โครงการ นำร่อง

potential: possible in the future - ที่อาจเป็นไปได้

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

property: a building or buildings and the surrounding land - อสังหาริมทรัพย์

prove: to use facts, evidence, etc. to show that something is true - พิสูจน์

realised: achieved - ทำให้เป็นจริง

register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน

replace: to get rid of someone or something and to put a new person or thing in their place - หาคนมาแทน

resident: a person who lives in a particular area - ผู้ที่อาศัยในท้องที่

resistant: not harmed or affected by something -

rooftop: the outside surface of the roof of a building - หลังคา

rotate: moving in a circle around a fixed central point, or to move something in this way - การหมุน

rotate: to move in a circle around a fixed central point, or to move something in this way - หมุน

sanitary: connected with keeping someone/something clean and healthy - เกี่ยวกับสุขภาพอนามัย, ถูกสุขลักษณะ, ซึ่งปลอดเชื้อ

save energy: energy efficient; using little energy so that little is wasted - การใช้พลังงานอย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ

severe: very serious and worrying - ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง

solar: involving the sun - เกี่ยวกับดวงอาทิตย์

solar panel: a piece of equipment on a roof that uses light and heat energy from the sun to produce hot water and electricity - แผงเซลล์แสงอาทิตย์

sort out: to deal satisfactorily or successfully with a problem, a situation, or a person who is having difficulties - จักการ แก้ปัญหา

step: one of a series of actions that you do in order to achieve a particular aim - ขั้นตอน

succeed: to come next after somebody/something and take their/its place or position - รับช่วงต่อ, ดำเนินต่อ

take advantage of: to use something to get some benefit or "advantage" from -

talks: negotiations; when two sides that disagree get together and "talk" to reach some agreement - การเจรจา, การเจรจาต่อรอง

test run: one set or series of tests given at one time -

waste: the failure to use something valuable in an effective way, so that it does not produce the benefits that it could - การสูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์

waste of time: some activity that is not worth the time used to do it - การเสียเวลา

word of mouth: free advertising that comes when people start telling each other about a new product or service - การบอกเล่าแบบปากต่อปาก, การบอกต่อ, การเล่าสู่กันฟัง

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