Solar-powered home in Maine stays warm with passive design

April 6, 2020 by  
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As one of the most beautiful states in the country, Maine offers an infinite number of advantages. But the state’s notoriously frigid winters often leave new residents desperate to find some respite from the long, cold months. After spending a few years in a drafty home where she and her family lived in multiple layers of clothing, author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins and her husband decided to build their own energy-efficient home. The result is an incredible barn-inspired structure that uses solar power and multiple passive features to keep the stunning interior living spaces warm and cozy throughout the year. Once they set out to build a new home, the couple researched passive house concepts that would suit their family’s needs, which included a comfortable living space where they wouldn’t have to dress in 10 layers of warm clothing for six months out of the year. With the help of a local architect, the couple set out to build an extremely airtight structure that used solar power and passive strategies to create an energy-efficient home with a minimal carbon footprint. Related: Beautiful Maine home uses passive solar principles to achieve near net-zero energy Located in the quaint community of Blue Hill, the beautiful home is tucked into an old blueberry field just minutes away from a secluded cove. The incredibly idyllic setting set the tone for the design, which focused on creating something that would fit the region’s style but also reap the benefits of modern sustainability. As for aesthetics, Jenkins explained that she and her husband were both intrigued by the traditional Japanese practice of shou sugi ban . But they ended up cladding the home in something that would pay homage to the local seaside community — pitch tar. Typically used to weatherproof ships’ masts, the material is durable, low-maintenance and highly insulative. Additionally, the jet-black exterior allows the home to both stand out and blend in with its natural surroundings. “We always wanted to do a black house, which seems really dramatic — but there are so many evergreens here that it disappears into the tree line,” Jenkins said. The house is topped with a 26-panel, 7.8 kW solar array on the pitched roof, generating more power than the home uses. The exterior is punctuated with an abundance of triple-paned windows that, thanks to the home’s southern orientation, provide optimal solar gain to keep the interiors warm. At 2,288 square feet, the four-bedroom home is quite spacious. Plentiful windows and high ceilings add to the modern feel of the living spaces. For an extra touch of warmth, the home is equipped with a radiant floor heating and an air exchanger that pulls in air from outside and passes it through a filter. This stunning, eco-friendly home set in an unbelievable location, not far from Acadia National Park, can be all yours for just $585,000 , as it is currently listed for sale. + Christopher Group Via Apartment Therapy Photography by Bruce Frame Photography via Christopher Group

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Solar-powered home in Maine stays warm with passive design

April 6, 2020 by  
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As one of the most beautiful states in the country, Maine offers an infinite number of advantages. But the state’s notoriously frigid winters often leave new residents desperate to find some respite from the long, cold months. After spending a few years in a drafty home where she and her family lived in multiple layers of clothing, author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins and her husband decided to build their own energy-efficient home. The result is an incredible barn-inspired structure that uses solar power and multiple passive features to keep the stunning interior living spaces warm and cozy throughout the year. Once they set out to build a new home, the couple researched passive house concepts that would suit their family’s needs, which included a comfortable living space where they wouldn’t have to dress in 10 layers of warm clothing for six months out of the year. With the help of a local architect, the couple set out to build an extremely airtight structure that used solar power and passive strategies to create an energy-efficient home with a minimal carbon footprint. Related: Beautiful Maine home uses passive solar principles to achieve near net-zero energy Located in the quaint community of Blue Hill, the beautiful home is tucked into an old blueberry field just minutes away from a secluded cove. The incredibly idyllic setting set the tone for the design, which focused on creating something that would fit the region’s style but also reap the benefits of modern sustainability. As for aesthetics, Jenkins explained that she and her husband were both intrigued by the traditional Japanese practice of shou sugi ban . But they ended up cladding the home in something that would pay homage to the local seaside community — pitch tar. Typically used to weatherproof ships’ masts, the material is durable, low-maintenance and highly insulative. Additionally, the jet-black exterior allows the home to both stand out and blend in with its natural surroundings. “We always wanted to do a black house, which seems really dramatic — but there are so many evergreens here that it disappears into the tree line,” Jenkins said. The house is topped with a 26-panel, 7.8 kW solar array on the pitched roof, generating more power than the home uses. The exterior is punctuated with an abundance of triple-paned windows that, thanks to the home’s southern orientation, provide optimal solar gain to keep the interiors warm. At 2,288 square feet, the four-bedroom home is quite spacious. Plentiful windows and high ceilings add to the modern feel of the living spaces. For an extra touch of warmth, the home is equipped with a radiant floor heating and an air exchanger that pulls in air from outside and passes it through a filter. This stunning, eco-friendly home set in an unbelievable location, not far from Acadia National Park, can be all yours for just $585,000 , as it is currently listed for sale. + Christopher Group Via Apartment Therapy Photography by Bruce Frame Photography via Christopher Group

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Ethereal glass pavilion redefines the modern greenhouse

February 15, 2017 by  
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Athens-based 314 Architecture Studio have reimagined the industrial-era greenhouse in a publicity campaign for a local fresh juice company, Bfresh Spitiko. Using the traditional greenhouse architecture form as inspiration, the architects created the stunning prismatic structure as an architectural representation of the natural drink company’s ethos of clean living. Bfresh Spitiko is a fruit juice company that creates its products based on traditional local recipes. Their juices have no preservatives or chemical additives, and are literally made by hand. This commitment to providing all-natural, locally-grown products was the inspiration behind the stunning glass design . Related: New Shanghai pavilion looks like a cloud sandwiched between two horizontal planes The greenhouse pavilion structure consists of a metal wireframe filled with triangular glass panels of various sizes and arched openings. The tall slanted roof is covered in prismatic panels that add an extra shimmer to the structure. Adding to the project’s dramatic presence, the renderings show the glass box set in a lush greenscape with ethereal lighting, further putting the focus on the company’s all-natural products. + 314 Architecture Studio

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Food Rescue Program Fights Food Waste Intelligently

June 10, 2016 by  
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A few years ago, a report was released stating that 40% of food is wasted from farm to fork. This stunning news from the National Resource Defense Council has helped raise awareness of the global food waste crisis, with its many environmental and…

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Giant timber pyramid invites park visitors to take in the stunning views of Scotland’s Loch Lomond

January 22, 2016 by  
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13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at the Beach

July 20, 2014 by  
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For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it’s an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a fairytale princess to gigantic teddy bears, we’ve rounded up over a dozen stunning sand art masterpieces guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Click through the link to see some truly amazing artworks to fuel the inspiration for your next beach creation. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazing sand castles , beach , sand , sand art , sand castles , sand masterpieces , sand sculpture , sand sculpture competition , sand sculpture festival , sand sculptures

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Sander Bakker’s Leaf-like Blom Unfolds into a Stunning Lamp

January 2, 2014 by  
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Dutch designer Sander Bakker is releasing his second design for California-based makers SplinterSeed . The shape of the Blom table lamp relies on the subtle interaction between its leaf-like parts—much like the way a flower is formed by its petals. It also incorporates a classic switch design by Italian design legend Achille Castiglioni. + SplinterSeed The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “flat pack” , blom lamp , eco design , eco lamp , green lamp , green lighting , Sander Bakker        

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Weekend Project: DIY Patio Table with Built-In Coolers

August 2, 2013 by  
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If you’ve been browsing the Web for low-cost ways to boost your backyard gatherings, you might as well stop looking now. Dreamed up by crafty couple Sarah Bowes-Pope and Alex Pope of the blog Domesticated Engineer, this stunning wood patio …

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BWArchitects Builds Out a Stunning Lighting Installation with 1,600 LED Bulbs for the Tribeca Film Festival

April 22, 2013 by  
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Justin Weiner of Studio Kenji created this short video of a new LED installation designed and fabricated by BWArchitects for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. 1,600 LED bulbs were made into pink and blue “flowers”, swaying in the wind at night on the courthouse steps in NYC . Check out the video above to see the installation in action! + BWArchitects  + Studio Kenji The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “lighting design” , BWArchitects , eco-art , green design , green lighting installation , led installation , light art , studio kenji        

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GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan

April 22, 2013 by  
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GreenTech Automotive , manufacturer of the electric  MyCar , and Chinese automaker  JAC Motors  have announced a new partnership that will include the development of a five-passenger electric sedan. The new electric sedan will combine JAC’s Rejoice vehicle platform with an electric powertrain from GreenTech Automotive. All vehicles will be assembled in the United States. Read the rest of GreenTech Automotive and JAC Motors Partner Up to Build a US-Made Electric Sedan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , electric car , electric motor , electric sedan , electric vehicle , green car , green transportation , greentech automotive , jac motors        

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