25 Aug '11, 8pm

A LEED-certified North Carolina Home Finds Common Ground Between Sustainability and Modern Design:

A LEED-certified North Carolina Home Finds Common Ground Between Sustainability and Modern Design:

The owners envisioned the house as an alternative model for their architecturally conservative community, Petrarca says. They favored modernist design, “and they had researched solar and geothermal from the beginning.” They also planned the house as a long-term family residence, and one of their requirements—children’s bedrooms on the second floor—influenced the building’s pinwheel-like footprint. The two-story section “creates a lot of shadow,” Petrarca notes. To maximize solar exposure, “the building stretches away from itself.” Petrarca and project designer Katherine Hogan developed a system of aluminum rooftop “trays” that support photovoltaic and solar thermal panels and turn down at the roof’s edge for window shading. (Solar thermal collectors supply the house’s hot water; when completed, the photovoltaic array is projected to meet 60 percent of its electrical load.)...

Full article: http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/green-design/leading-light...

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