Geothermal-powered Forest House showcases sustainable features in Maryland

July 13, 2018 by  
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Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland , the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels and rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation. Commissioned by clients who wanted a spacious home yet desired a sustainable footprint, the Forest House spans 25,000 square feet across three levels. By building upwards on the 0.6-acre wooded property, Gardner Architects sought to create a compact building footprint that would minimize site disturbance . The Forest House embraces the outdoors with covered balconies, a large roof deck that overlooks the forest, and ample low-U value glazing that wraps around the south side to maximize solar gain in winter. The upper level is cantilevered over the glazed south facade to provide shade from the harsh summer sun. The home was constructed with framing panelized off-site in a factory to reduce material waste as well as onsite construction time. The energy-efficient building envelope is bolstered with rigid insulation on the exterior to prevent thermal bridging. In addition to natural daylighting that’s brought in through the skylights and other glazed openings, the openings were carefully placed in concert with an open stair tower so as to promote stack ventilation that brings in cooling breezes. Related: 13 energy-efficient modules make up this prefab modern home in Maryland The Forest House is powered with a ballasted solar array that sits atop the roof deck. A ground source heat pump provides heating and cooling. To further reduce energy needs, the house is equipped with central DC-powered low voltage LEDs that can be controlled remotely. The project was completed in 2016. + Gardner Architects LLC Images by John Cole

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INFOGRAPHIC: The benefits of structural insulated panels

November 24, 2015 by  
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The demand for better-built homes continues to rise as codes get stronger and homeowners realize the many benefits of a high performance home. Never before have so many construction methods been available to homeowners. One of the most comprehensive building solutions includes Structural Insulated Panels , or SIPs. As one of the few building methods that solve multiple building needs all by themselves, SIPs are very energy-efficient , produce less waste and increase the speed in which a home can be built. Point Zero High Performance Homes created the following infographic to help illustrate the major benefits of SIP-built homes. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The benefits of structural insulated panels

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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

October 14, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adobe modernism , eco home design , green home design , lowest energy home , mo+s+a , most energy efficient home , New Mexico green home , passive house , passive solar , passivhaus , PHIUS president , Santa Fe green home , thermal bridging , tilt windows , United sates Passivhaus , zero energy home

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Functional Green: Kollelktiv Stadtpark Fills an Old Slaughterhouse with Plant-Based Experiments

October 14, 2011 by  
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Photo by Anna Rosinke Functional Green is an installation by kollectiv stadtpark that transforms an old slaughterhouse in the second district of Vienna into a temporary space for experimenting with plants. Part of Vienna Design Week, the living art exhibit was conceived as a way to design and build with natural materials and discover the possibilities of growing vegetables on the structures. One of the coolest parts of the project is the living room scale aquaponics system which uses plants for filtrating byproducts of an aquaculture (crabs and fishes) as vital nutrients. In this circulating system, cleaned water comes back to the aquarium and allows for a symbiotic existence of the plants and the fishes. + Functional Green Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anna Rosinke , carte blanche , eco design , eco exhibit , eco-art , functional green , Gardening , green design , kollektiv stadtpark , Maciej Chmara , plant design , sustainable design , Vienna design week 2011

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