Located on 63 forested acres, this project is an example of green self-sufficient living. The homeowner's wish was to use the home as a local green demonstration home: live in a highly walkable community, dwell in high-efficiency housing, enjoy site grown and locally produced food, and use efficient transportation. They have the potential to subdivide the site into a series of buildable lots to create their own eco-development.
This ranch home's orientation is optimized for passive solar control. A center two-story space is the pivot point for the home’s flow, a naturally day-lit atrium and the home’s natural ventilation source. A series of five 14-inch diameter water tubes are used for thermal mass in addition to providing a dramatic, space defining 'night light' sculpture.
Green features include natural stack effect ventilation, a large solar photovoltaic array (±100% of demand), ‘Finnish’ counterflow high mass fireplace with an integral stove, HRV air-to-air heat exchangers, zoned radiant floors, soy-based foam perimeter insulation, cement fiberboard siding and extensive low-VOC adhesives and finishes. The home is also pre-plumbed for future installation of solar thermal panels.
Design Team: Nathan Kipnis, Rachel Wray Thompson, Daniel Contreras
Builder: Doug Maxwell
Photography: Kipnis Architecture + Planning Read Less