A Net Zero House - Careful design to minimize carbon footprint and maximize quality of life.
Nestled into a sloping site with meadows, woods and ponds, the house is primarily two thick zigzag walls under a faceted roof. The thick walls protect and shape the flow of the interior and exterior spaces. They also frame the varying view opportunities of the landscape. The direction of the walls is determined by 3 major axis on the site: the arrival of the car, the orientation of the house toward the sun and the primary view toward the distant mountains. The resulting open plan allows for a versatile lifestyle with overlapping interior and exterior living spaces on two levels.
A super insulated, super tight building envelope and carefully sized South facing windows allow the sun to be a major source of free energy to heat the house. Ventilation is supplied by a whole house, energy efficient fresh air system or by operable windows. Solar panels on the roof provide electricity to run appliances, lights, heat water and cool/dehumidify the house during warm months.