24 Mar '17, 3am

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

house is a large home designed for entertaining and lots of family and visitors with views of the landscape and a variety of ways to connect with the outdoors. Built with both passive and active solar design strategies, the home makes use of the sun’s free energy and shades it appropriately to avoid over heating. A geothermal heat pump and radiant floor heating provide energy efficient warmth, while natural ventilation strategies help cool the interior. Much of the wood in the home is reclaimed and either comes from trees felled from the property or other nearby sources. Local stone was used in retaining walls and the massive chimney prominently featured on the side of the home. Daylighting plays a strong role in the home’s interior and rainwater is harvested and stored in a cistern for use around the property. Finally, a photovoltaic system on the roof generates almost al...

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