|Front view: note "loft" clerestory, south windows for solar access|
|Living Room: pellet stove for supplemental heat|
|Rear view: screen porch still to be built (on left)|
The second floor bedrooms are arranged on the south for solar access; the north side has bathrooms, closets, and other rooms that don't need big windows. The house opens to the front and back, with porches to shade (preventing glare and overheating) and provide inside-outside connection. The siding is Hardie cement board, the roof is standing seam metal, the windows by Loewen (triple pane, Ug=.18).
When the photovoltaic solar array goes on, the HERS score of the house will be 26. Currently it's 35, 65% better than built-to-code. Although we all would have loved to have reached Passive House certification, the project is still a success: we integrated performance and design, integrated the house with its block and context, built a healthy, super-performing home, and had a great team experience and learned a lot through the process. We also have the opportunity to share our experiences so that others may benefit.
|It's warm inside!|